How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights! This stature of yours is like a palm tree, And your breasts like its clusters. I said, “I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold if its branches.” Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, The fragrance of your breath like apples, And the roof of your mouth like the best vine. Song of Solomon 7:6-9 NKJV
Solomon praises his bride for her true beauty. He praises her family tree, calls her the work of the hands of a skillful workman and equates her beauty with lovely animals, flowers, valuable gems and noteworthy places. The king is captivated by his bride.
The Shulamite’s beauty extends beyond her appearance. She is woman of excellence!
These verses also represent God’s great love for us. We are fair and pleasant in His sight. Our love delights Him. He wants our faith in Jesus to bear fruit for His Kingdom!
Jesus sees the best in us regardless of our past sins failures and mistakes. His love extends beyond the sin that crouches at our door today. God’s mercy and grace will greet us when we fall on our faces before Jesus in the future!
Come, my beloved, Let us go forth to the field; Let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; Let us see if the vine has budded, Whether the grape blossoms are open, And the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love. The mandrakes give off a fragrance, And at our gates are pleasant fruits, All manner, new and old, Which I have laid up for you, my beloved. Song of Solomon 11-13
The bride responds to her beloved by calling him to join her. She will go out into the vineyards to inspect the fruit. She wonders if the pomegranates are in bloom. Her heart is set on love!
Will you respond to God’s love the way the Shulamite responded to Solomon’s love?
Jesus wants us to take Him everywhere we go. He wants us to go out into His vineyard as workmen for His glory and honor. We must ask Jesus to examine our hearts first to see if there is anything hindering the work He wants to accomplish in us and through us.
The Shulamite was anxious to give her love to Solomon. Solomon was just as anxious to receive her love. Are you anxious to give your love to Jesus? Jesus is extremely anxious to receive your love!
I experienced the love of God in amazing ways. He rescued me when I was in trouble. He restored me when I needed restoring. He anointed me to serve and follow Him. I blessed Jesus with my love in ways I never thought I could.
Jesus is calling us to a daily walk with Him. I need Him more today than I did yesterday. Do you? I want to love Jesus more tomorrow than I did today. Do you? I want to bless Jesus in ways I have never blessed Him before. Bless the Lord in ways you have never blessed Him before through faith in Jesus!
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