9 “You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride;
You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes,
With a single strand of your necklace.
10 “How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much better is your love than wine, Song of Solomon 4:9-10
At the heart of true love is the driven desire to give. True love is not narcissistic. It’s about pleasing the intimate other. It’s about finding your greatest pleasure in their pleasure. For sure, true love feels wonderful, but if you’ve really found it, and are actually walking in it,then your are not so concerned about your desires being met. Instead, you live to meet the desires of their heart, and thus your heart desires are being met. Jesus is the great Lover of our soul, and He loves to give, and give to us. It brings Him such joy to bless us. It is His great pleasure. Their are many ways we can show our love to Him and thus bless Him. One of the primary ways we love Him is through obedience. John 14 says, “if you love me, you will keep my commandments.” As a matter of fact, Song of Solomon says that if we obey Him we ravish His heart. The “Glance” in verse 9 is about intimacy and faith, but “the single strand of your necklace” is about a single act of obedience. Just think, just one little act of selfless obedience ravishes the heart of your Heavenly Bridegroom. Often, our flesh doesn’t want to yield and obey, but when we do, we are saying to Him, that bringing Him pleasure is more important than pleasing ourselves. That is true love and it so blesses Him that it causes Him to swoon under our affection. Wine in the song of Solomon speaks of pleasure, and verse 10 tells us that our selfless acts of affection through our faith and OBEDIENCE brings Him more pleasure than anything in the universe. Oh my, there is so much more to say. I’ll leave you with this, the next time you are tempted to sin or disobey, remember that you have in that moment the opportunity to ravish the the heart of The Lover of Your Soul. That should make a difference in the choice you make. It’s all about the great theology of LOVE. Have a great day bringing pleasure to His Great Heart.
My God, my portion, and my love,
My everlasting all!
I’ve none but Thee in Heav’n above,
Or on this earthly ball.
What empty things are all the skies,
And this inferior clod!
There’s nothing here deserves my joys,
There’s nothing like my God.
In vain the bright, the burning sun
Scatters his feeble light;
’Tis Thy sweet beams create my noon;
If Thou withdraw, ’tis night.
And whilst upon my restless bed,
Amongst the shades I roll,
If my Redeemer shows His head,
’Tis morning with my soul.
To Thee we owe our wealth, and friends,
And health, and safe abode:
Thanks to Thy Name for meaner things,
But they are not my God.
How vain a toy is glitt’ring wealth,
If once compared to Thee!
Or what’s my safety, or my health,
Or all my friends to me?
Were I possessor of the earth,
And called the stars my own,
Without Thy graces and Thyself
I were a wretch undone.
Let others stretch their arms like seas
And grasp in all the shore,
Grant me the visits of Thy face,
And I desire no more.