SONG OF SOLOMON 5:2 + 6:9
THE SHULAMITE awakes and speaks (5:2)
I sleep, but my heart is awake;
THE BELOVED replies (6:9)
My dove, my perfect one,
For me, The Song of Solomon (The Song of Songs) is a book that continually speaks afresh to me. Along with John’s Gospel, these are books that I turn to again and again. Both, I believe, take as their inspiration something of the Tabernacle pattern for our walk with God as was given to Moses in the book of Exodus. (Exodus 25-31 and 35-40)
In Song of Solomon that expression My dove, My perfect one is used twice — the first time by The Shulamite as a voice she reports as having heard, meaning that The Holy Spirit spoke to her, and as she represents those of us chosen by Him, born again, and baptised in the Holy Spirit we can be reassured that it is the call to come up higher and go on with Him unto perfection.
The second time, it is The Beloved who speaks. And what this says to me, is that God calls us His dove, His perfect ones at all times, because that is how He sees His chosen. We are already perfect in His sight. He sees the end from the beginning.
In the first passage the Shulamite’s heart — her whole being, her spirit, her soul is awakening to The Beloved, even while her body sleeps. At this point, she hears His voice as in a dream. He knocks…
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
But then The Beloved repeats His name for The Shulamite maiden — and that repetition, that witnessing, reinforces that this is the name that He has given to His people. This is our new name at the rebirth; this is the new nature that He puts in us by His Holy Spirit, for He can only relate to us if we are like Him. We become the favourite of the one who bore her — the mother church; the Church of Christ Jesus.
My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
‘Perfect’ here carries the meaning of without blemish, upright, uprightly, whole, sincerely or complete. We are made complete ‘in Him’. Our problem, of course, is that He grants us free will, so that when The Beloved knocks, He May find that we are not receiving visitors. We can go out as well as in to His presence. Pray that we go no more out.
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS…
Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,
FOR ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE I WILL THANK YOU — The Lloyd Family Singers
PRAYER REQUIRES WONDER…
IN THIS MANNER, therefore, pray. How blessed it is to begin at the beginning, spiritual minors, stripped of our rich and verbal devotional language, and impoverished into receptive teachableness. Let our minds, made fertile by reason of genuine humility, receive the ideas our Lord presents in this familiar pattern prayer; receive in wonder and reverence the simple idea of God's personal relationship to us.
LISTEN TO THIS MEDITATION HERE…
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GEORGE and GILL STEWART