Tuesday Devotional: Song of Songs 2-3


16 My beloved is mine and I am his;

    he browses among the lilies.
17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved,

    and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag on the rugged hills.

3 All night long on my bed
    I looked for the one my heart loves;
    I looked for him but did not find him.
I will get up now and go about the city,

    through its streets and squares;
I will search for the one my heart loves.

    So I looked for him but did not find him.
The watchmen found me

    as they made their rounds in the city.
    “Have you seen the one my heart loves?”
Scarcely had I passed them

    when I found the one my heart loves.
I held him and would not let him go

    till I had brought him to my mother’s house,
    to the room of the one who conceived me.
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you

    by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love

    until it so desires.
Who is this coming up from the wilderness

    like a column of smoke,perfumed with myrrh and incense
made from all the spices of the merchant?
Look! It is Solomon’s carriage,
    escorted by sixty warriors,
    the noblest of Israel,
all of them wearing the sword,

    all experienced in battle,
each with his sword at his side,

    prepared for the terrors of the night.
King Solomon made for himself the carriage;

    he made it of wood from Lebanon.
10 Its posts he made of silver,

    its base of gold.
Its seat was upholstered with purple,

    its interior inlaid with love.
Daughters of Jerusalem, 11 come out,
    and look, you daughters of Zion.
Look on King Solomon wearing a crown,

    the crown with which his mother crowned him
on the day of his wedding,

    the day his heart rejoiced.


Love aroused is more powerful than anything in the entire human experience.  True love has the power to defy reason.  It has the power to contradict logic.  It has the power to dismantle immovable barriers and boundaries.  True love is an elixir for the soul that makes us believe that anything is possible.  When we experience true love it provides us with sweetness and flavor that instantly makes all other tastes and pleasures pale in comparison.  True love makes us sleepless, not out of worry but out of anxious anticipation of the new day that our love will inevitably be fueling and revealing.  True love keeps the heart smiling when there is nothing visible to smile about, and it keeps the heart laughing although sadness dominates our surroundings.  True love is something that we rarely receive but when we do we never want to let it out of our grasp.  True love is something we never forget.  The love of God can be nothing less than this to someone who professes faith in him.  If the love of God is reduced to anything less than “true love” the structures that currently reinforce our lives, that often provide more obstacles than free-passage, will remain unaffected and unmoved.  If the love of God is anything less than “true love” there is no hope of a better day.  All that remains is wishful thinking and empty promises.  If the love of God is in fact “true” you will find yourself always aware of it, always thankful for it, daily overwhelmed by it and transformed by it.

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