Who is this coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all the merchant’s fragrant powders? Behold it is Solomon’s couch, With sixty valiant men around it, Of the valiant men of Israel, They all hold swords, Being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear of the night.
Song of Solomon 3:6-8 NKJV
Solomon comes on the scene in glory and power. While still afar off his arrival is announced by the fragrance of his anointing and authority. His royal liter is surrounded by men of war ready to give their lives for the king.
In these verses Solomon is a type of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Of the wood of Lebanon, Solomon the King made himself a palanquin: He made its pillars of silver, Its support of gold, Its seat of purple, Its interior paved with love by the daughters of Jerusalem. Vs 9-10
These verses describe the royal liter Solomon made to travel in the honor and glory befitting the king of a great nation.
Jesus Christ is the great King above all kings. He is the Lord of lords. His Kingdom will be established over all of heaven and earth. His Kingdom and reign will never end!
The pillars of God’s throne are truth. It is supported by purity and holiness. He sits at the right hand of God the father in majesty, power and authority. He is surrounded by light and love for those who are righteous and holy through faith in Jesus Christ!
Go forth, O daughters of Zion, And see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, The day of the gladness of his heart. Vs11
Solomon’s beloved encouraged the women of Jerusalem to behold his glory. She wanted them to see the crown his mother gave him. She wanted them to share in the joy of the king when he was united with his beloved.
Jesus Christ is coming soon! He will come in the clouds with great glory and power! Everyone will see Him but not everyone will share in the wedding supper of the Lamb!
Jesus will be surrounded by people who took up the armor of God and stood with Him in the day of evil. Jesus will be joined by people who girded their waist with truth, put on the breast plate of righteousness and shod their feet with the Gospel of peace.
Serve the King of Kings by taking the shield of faith so you can quench the fiery darts of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God and serve the Lord of Lords. Give your life to Jesus and He will give you His life!
“On my bed at night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him. I must arise now and go about the city; In the streets and in the squares. I sought him but did not find him. The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me. And I said have you seen him who my soul loves?
Scarcely had I left them when I found him who my soul loves; I held onto him and would not let him go until I had brought him to my mother’s house, and into the room of her who conceived me.” Song of Solomon 3:1-4 NASB
The Shulamite had a troubled night just before her wedding. In a dream she wandered the city searching for her beloved. When she found him she held on tight refusing to let go until she brought him into her home.
The young lover was profoundly affected by this event. Even if it was just a dream.
My heart was sick and sad. I started crying out to God. I did not know how to pray. I recited the Lord’s Prayer over and over again in bed. I asked Jesus to save my family. He answered that prayer. He did not do it the way I thought He would.
A short time later I bought a little trailer. I went to bed alone at night and woke up alone in the morning. Until the Lord intervened.
I woke up one morning feeling as if something incredible happened but I could not put my finger on exactly what it was. My spirit was revived. I had hope. My future was secure. My life would never be the same. What happened that night?
A few weeks later I came home and checked my answering machine. I heard a familiar voice. Could it be love? Had she searched me out and found me?
In 1976 I bought a ring for my girlfriend. I made one for me out of decorative wire. We stood before the Lord and asked Him to join us together in marriage. I did not honor that commitment. God did. Sixteen years later He brought us back together.
Love and romance filled my heart. I was introduced to a daughter I never knew. Jesus knocked at the door of my heart. He gave me the faith to answer. I began a love affair with the giver of life. It will never end!
What happened on that lonely night in my little trailer? I like to think my beloved searched me out. He found me in a dark and lonely place. He held onto me and refused to let go until He brought me home to His family!
The Great lover is searching for you today. He may be drawing you for the first time. He wants you to join Him in the greatest love affair the world has ever known. He may be calling you to reignite the passion of your first love. He will hold you tight and never let you go.
How will you respond to the Lord’s loving call? Will you grab a hold of His love? Will you refuse to let go until He takes you home? Jesus refuses to let go of you! The Lover of your soul will lead you into His Father’s House if you follow Him today!
My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies. Song of Solomon 2:16 NKJV
Believers of all ages have benefited from this beautiful love story. People are reminded of God’s intense love for them. We are given God’s ideal for true love within marriage.
A woman shared the gospel with a man sitting next to her on an airplane. God touched his heart. He made the decision to give his heart to Jesus. She gave him her worn and marked up bible. He asked her why she would give away something so special to her.
Her response was, “sometimes God pauses. He takes time out from His busy schedule to intervene in people’s lives. God is pausing to intervene in your life today.”
My family and I moved into a new home. Painters left the doors open. There was a hummingbird inside. I caught it.
I carried that hummingbird in my hand. I went outside. I opened my hand so it could fly away but it did not move. I was horrified. I thought I had harmed it. I threw it up into the air. It flew away. I was so thankful that beautiful little bird was not hurt.
I believe God sent that hummingbird just for me. It was a special blessing given to me by my Heavenly father. It was a reminder of how much God loves me!
Whenever I see a hummingbird I am reminded that I am God’s beloved.
God takes the time to express His love for me in unique and special ways because I am unique and special to Him. Sometimes when I have a bad day God will send a hummingbird just for me. The memory of God’s love brightens up my day!
Trials and hardships fade from view when I remember God looks upon me as His beloved. Jesus takes time out of His busy schedule to send me a special visitor with a special spiritual note attached that says, “My dear child I love you, love God!”
We see the things we look for.
God wants you to love Him with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength!
If you look for the love of God you will find Jesus. You may find the love of God in the most unusual places. Maybe a little bird will whisper, “My dear child I love you, love God!”
If you have been born again by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ you are God’s beloved. The Lord wants you to receive His love with joy and thanksgiving!
God is never too busy or distracted to focus His love and attention on you. Take time out from your busy schedule to focus your love and attention on Jesus today!
My beloved spoke, and said to me; “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!” Song of Solomon 2:10-13 NKJV
Solomon called to his beloved on a beautiful spring day.
Winter passed. The rain stopped. Flowers were in bloom. Birds were singing. Sumptuous fruits were in season. The smell of newness was in the air. It was a perfect day for Solomon and his love to steal away. It was a great time to get lost in love.
Spring is my favorite time of the year. The best fruits and vegetables are available. The days get longer and warmer. My energy level increases. I wake up early so I can see the sun rise as I write these messages.
More than anything I love the spring because it is when Jesus called my name!
The winter of 1992 was one of the worst seasons of my life. My heart was broken. I felt abandoned and alone. I was depressed. I turned to wicked people for help. I did evil things to numb the pain. I narrowly survived a dangerous ordeal. I almost ended up in prison.
I do not know If I would have turned to Jesus in the spring of 1993 if the winter of 1992 had not been so tumultuous!
If rain did not fall in the winter flowers would not bloom in the spring. The earth would dry up. It would stop producing fruit. God designed every season of life for a purpose.
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cleft, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.” Vs 14
Solomon calls to his beloved. He wants to know everything about her. He wants to hear her lovely voice. He wants to see her weather-beaten face. She is beautiful to him.
Jesus knows everything you have ever done. He knows everything you say, do and think. Jesus knows everything about you. That does not stop Jesus from loving you!
It does not matter what the weather is like. It does not matter what this season of life holds for you. Jesus wants you to rise-up and present yourself before Him today. Jesus wants to hear your lovely voice. Jesus wants you to seek His glorious face.
Jesus is the discerner of hearts. What does the Lord see in your heart today? Does He see a beloved who wants to slip away into His arms of love!
Jesus wants you to steal away and spend time with Him today. Will you answer the call of your beloved?
He brought me to the banqueting house, And His banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:4 NKJV
My wife and I renewed our wedding vows. We had a time of worship before the ceremony. One of the songs was based on this verse. We could feel the presence of God among us. People cried when we read our renewal vows to each other.
The ceremony was a testimony of our renewed commitment to each other. We had experienced many highs and lows in our relationship. We hurt and disappointed each other many times. We chose to love and forgive each other. We chose to remain faithful in our commitment to God.
We renewed our vows because we wanted to renew our commitment to love each other in Christ. We had allowed our relationship with the Lord to grow stale. We had not walked away from Jesus. We had not lost our faith. We were living in practical unbelief.
The sweetness of our relationship with Jesus lost its flavor. We started trusting in our resources more than the goodness and mercy of God. We were looking for things to fill a void in our lives only Jesus can fill.
Jesus wants our faith to be in Him alone as He guides us through the pitfalls of life in a fallen world. It is faith in the risen Lord that ushers us into God’s presence!
In my time of wandering in the dry dessert of practical unbelief I learned something I will always hold on to. I learned it is the author and finisher of my faith who brings me into the banqueting house of abundant living. I learned His banner over me is love!
The phrase His banner over me is love are not just words to me. They are a reminder that Jesus looks upon me as His beloved. All His righteous acts and judgments must pass through the filter of God’s great love for me!
Are you are wandering through the dry dessert of practical unbelief? Has your love for Jesus grown cold and stale? Are you looking for things to fill a void in your heart only Jesus can fill?
This is the day for you to regroup under the banner of God’s great love. Jesus is waiting for you to renew your commitment to follow Him!
You do not need to have a ceremony or pray a special prayer a special way. Simply turn to Jesus in the quietness of your own heart. Ask Jesus to bring you back under His banner of love. Ask Jesus to bring you into His banqueting house!
Jesus is waiting at the right hand of the Father for you today. He is waiting to usher you into His banqueting house of abundant living.
Do not wait. Join Jesus for a love feast today. Live under His banner of love forever!
I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys.
Like a lily among the thorns, So is my love among the daughters.
Song of Solomon 2:1-2 NKJV
The young lover refers to herself as a sweetly scented flower. Her beloved agrees. She is rare and precious. His love is so strong and true he only has eyes for her.
Years after my girlfriend and I separated we talked on the phone. She said, “You have such a high opinion of me.” I felt like something sweet and precious was restored.
Love changes everything! Love gives us hope when we are hopeless. It gives us strength when we are week. It gives us courage when we are fearful. We see the object of our love in ways others cannot. It changes the way we see and feel about ourselves.
Solomon’s love would not last. He cast it aside. He set his heart on sin. It set a veil before his eyes. In his old age Solomon declared, there is evil under the sun, all is vanity and a grasping after the wind.
The evil is in people’s hearts. A life of selfish pursuits is vanity. It is like trying to grab a handful of wind.
Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit was sweet to my taste. Vs 3
In the eyes of his love Solomon was rare and unique. He stood out and above all others. She was content to rest at his side. Peace and safety surrounded him. She craved his touch. It filled her heart. How pleasant and sweet his love was to her and hers to him.
It is amazing that such beautiful words could be written about the imperfect love between a man and woman. It is amazing that a man who began his reign over God’s people by acknowledging his need for the Lord could fail so miserably.
There is a love so perfect and sweet it changes heaven and earth!
When our hope is in the great lover of our souls we cannot be disappointed. We can draw strength from Him when we are weak. We can be encouraged when we are fearful. He changes the way we see the world and the people around us. He changes us!
Who is this great lover? His name is Jesus! You are rare and precious in His sight!
God’s love changes everything. It changes our hearts and lives when we respond to it. It changes the way He sees us when we receive it. God’s love changes our eternal destiny!
Sit down in God’s shade with great delight. Taste His fruit. Discover His opinion of you!
Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.
Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant! Also, our bed is green. The beams of our houses are cedar, And our rafters of fir. Song of Solomon 1:15-17 NKJV
The relationship has moved beyond courtship to intimacy. The young lovers behold each other with longing eyes. They steal away to a place known only to them.
Was this book written to reveal God’s passionate love for His people or is it the account of an actual romance that took place early in Solomon’s reign. It is both.
Solomon betrayed his passionate love. He took hundreds of brides and concubines. Some set their hearts on false gods. They worshiped idols. Solomon followed them into sin. Perhaps that is why Solomon said there is vanity under the sun.
True love became collateral damage when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. One of their children killed his brother. Sin spread to every corner of the earth as mankind multiplied. The institution of marriage has been perverted. Many of them end in divorce.
God is longsuffering and kind to us. Our welfare is important to Him. God is not the sources of evil and suffering in the world. He loves justice and truth. His love never fails. It never disappoints. His love for us is perfect in every way. His love endures forever!
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love 1 John 4:8 NKJV
True love is a gift from God!
The excitement of a man and women sharing simple pleasures and pursuing each other with honor and dignity is a type of the romantic relationship Jesus wants with us. Marriage is symbolic of the intimate relationship the Lord created us for.
In our fallen world love often leads to heartbreak and sorrow. The pursuit of it can lead us into sin. Love that grows and deepens over time can be tossed aside for the temporary pleasures of sexual passion. So many of us look for love in the wrong places.
The foolishness of men (and women) does not devalue God’s gift!
I know what it is like to feel unloved and unwanted. That is also a gift of God. It left a void in my heart only the true lover of my soul could fill. His love came pouring in like an avalanche of healing joy. It freed my soul so I could love the bride of my youth!
Have you ever felt unwanted or unloved? Have you ever looked for love in the wrong places?
True love has a name. His name is Jesus! Surrender to His love. It will set you free!
(To Her Beloved)
Tell me, O you whom I love, Where you feed your flock, Where you make it rest at noon. For why should I be as one who veils herself by the flocks of your companions?
If you do not know, O fairest among women, Follow in the footsteps of the flock, And feed your little goats beside the shepherd’s tents. I have compared you, my love, To my filly among Pharaoh’s chariots. Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with chains of Gold. Song of Solomon 1:7-10 NKJV
The young lover has full confidence in her beloved. His flock is well fed and rested. He is with them watching over and caring for them. Where will he take them in the heat of the day? That is where she wants to be. She will not give her heart to another.
The beloved tells his lover to follow those who know his way. There is abundance in his camp. He sees in her the strength of those who are chosen to serve the mighty. The radiance of her beauty greets him when they meet. Her wardrobe is purity and grace.
Jesus does not hide from people who know Him. You can follow anyone of them to Him. The Great Shepherd knows your true needs. He wants you to seek Him. He wants to bless you with love and abundance. Jesus wants you to be secure in His love for you.
The Great Shepherd wants you to have full confidence in Him. Jesus tends His flock with love and devotion. Do you know where to find Jesus? Will you seek Jesus? Or would you set your heart on useless idols? Would you follow false God’s?
God knows you are weak and feeble when left to yourself. He also knows you have the strength to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when you surrender to His ways!
Jesus is with us today. Jesus is mighty enough to save everyone who calls on Him. Jesus rejoices over us with gladness when we obey Him. Jesus quiets us with His love when we are in distress. Jesus rejoices over us with singing when we serve Him!
The Lord’s passionate love for you moves Him. Jesus looks at you with loving eyes. The radiance of your beauty greets Jesus when you come to Him. Jesus clothes you with purity, grace and righteousness when you seek Him!
Sing out loud, rejoice. The day will come when God tosses out judgment. Jesus will cast His enemies into utter darkness. There will be no more disaster or brokenness. No more sickness or disease. We will live in total perfection forever with the lover of our souls!
Do you have full confidence in Jesus? Are you bold enough to follow in the footsteps of people who loved and served Jesus? You should. Jesus has full confidence in you!
Jesus invites you to seek Him today. Find a place where His flock bask in the Sonlight of His love. Rest in perfect peace. The Great Shepherd looks past your imperfections. Jesus sees the beauty in your heart when it is filled with love and devotion for Him!
Sorrow is better than laughter, For by a sad countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. Ecclesiastes 7:3-4 NKJV
When I was a baby Christian a friend told me, “When you suffer trials and heartache it either makes you bitter or better.”
Corrie Ten Boom was sent to the Nazi concentration camps during World War 2. Torture starvation and death were commonplace in the camps. She was stripped of everything but her faith in God. Corrie was the only member of her family to survive.
Corrie developed a habit of talking to God as if He is with her everywhere she went. Jesus had been with her in the camps. It was His presence that sustained her.
Corrie shared the Gospel with millions of people around the world. She even went to Germany to share Jesus with the nation responsible for her loss and suffering.
God uses trials, heartache and suffering to mold us and shape us into people He can use to bring glory and honor to His name. God uses hardship to make us useful vessels in His Mighty Hands. The Lord uses pain and loss to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ!
I cannot explain why Corrie Ten Boom had to suffer so much. Only the Lord knows what is needed for us to become all that God created us to be.
Corrie would have chosen another way if she could have. She was thankful for the trials and hardships God allowed into her life. She was grateful God found her worthy of suffering for Christ. She did not ask for it. She did not enjoy it. She was thankful for it!
Our time on planet Earth will not be fun and easy all the time. We will suffer seasons of sorrow and hardship. We will suffer heartache and loss. Jesus will use everything we experience on our journey through life for our good and His glory!
The world is struggling through a season of testing, trial and hardship today. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. We do not know how severe the pandemic will be. We do not know how long it will last. We do not know if we will lose loved ones.
Jesus will use this season of hardship and uncertainty to bring us to a place of resting in His mercy and grace. Jesus will build up our faith as we lean on Him for the wisdom, strength and guidance we need to walk boldly and confidently through the valley of the shadow of death!
Jesus can use you to bless people other people during this season of hardship and loss. God can use you to share the Gospel with a world that desperately needs Jesus!
Do not surrender to fear and uncertainty. Allow Jesus to mold you and shape you into a useful vessel in His Mighty Hands!
Draw me away!
The daughters of Jerusalem
We will run after you.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will remember your love more than wine.
Rightly do they love you. Song of Solomon 1:4 NKJV
The Shulamite woman’s greatest desire was to be swept away by her beloved.
The young women of Jerusalem may have been envious of the Shulamite. They also had the desire to be swept off of their feet by one so deeply in love with them. They were not invited into the chambers of the king. That privilege was reserved for his beloved.
Solomon attracted women everywhere he went. I imagine many of them tried desperately to gain his attention. They probably put on their best clothes when he was near. They may have found ways to cross his path. They smiled their best smiles at him.
None of this was news to the young Shulamite woman. The longing of her heart and butterflies in her stomach were evidence of Solomon’s appeal.
I went with two friends to a retreat. When the lights went out I was alone with my desires. I cried out to the Lord. The desire of my heart was to spend time with my God. I asked Jesus to draw me away and take me with Him!
I spent the night in a large open space. It was warm and brightly lit. There was no noise. I did not see anyone or anything. I could sense the presence of the Lord all around. God did not give me a great revelation. Jesus did bless me with His love!
Why did I ask Jesus to draw me away that night? What made me think the Lord would grant my petition? Why did God answer my prayer? What really happened? Was it all a just a dream? Encounters with God can leave us with more questions than answers.
I did pray according to God’s will that night. I knew He would answer my prayer, but I was surprised at how He answered. Jesus wanted to spend time with me as much as I wanted to be with Him.
Our relationship with God is based on his great love for us!
Run after the Lord as if your eternal life depends on it, it does. It will determine the path of your life. It will determine where you spend eternity and who you spend it with.
Ask Jesus to draw you away to a place where you can spend time together. You may be surprised at how the lover of your soul answers your prayer!
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