AND ONE INCREDIBLE DAY
HE IS COMING BACK TO WED!
Jonathan Edwards was a keen intellect, President of Princeton, and key figure in The Great Awakening. Some of you read the essay he wrote explaining the parallels he saw between Psalm 45, which is the wedding song of our Bridegroom coming back for us, and The Song of Songs. In Psalm 45, the psalmist writes:
Gird your sword on your thigh,
O might one,
in your splendor and majesty!
In your majesty ride out victoriously
for the cause of truth and meekness
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…
your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia…
(Psalm 45: 3-4; 6; 8)
Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty.
The same Bridegroom who
“comes up from the wilderness
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense…
(Song of Songs 3:6)
This Mighty King of Glory, though it is hard to fathom, is our Bridegroom.
He asks us to set our affections upon Him,
to forsake all others,
and to cling to Him.
In Psalm 45 He asks for surrender,
for her to forget her people and her father’s house.
In The Song of Songs, He asks for surrender,
for her to come out of the cleft and to go with Him.
But we are weak, and like the Shulamite bride,
we are afraid of what He will ask, of what it will cost us,
for we do not yet trust His love.
Then we are sad, lonely, despondent.
I so identify with Norah Jones when she sings: Don’t Know Why…
This week we will see how the poor foolish bride, as Hudson Taylor calls her, is lonely and desperate, now that she has stayed in the cleft of the rock. So she calls for Him to come to her, like a gazelle or a young stag, bounding over the mountains. And of course, He does. She seeks Him and finds Him and says she will not let Him go. (Though as Jesus said, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.) Yet when she is faithless, He is faithful. He is going to come for her and wed her!
And He weds her before she does anything to earn His love. It is only after the wedding, after she sees how faithful He is that she agrees to go higher, to go the mountain of myrhh.
What a picture of the gospel!
He loved us long before we loved Him.
1. What stood out to you and why?
2. Once our own Elizabeth asked God to “mess with her heart” if she was wrong about resisting adoption. Is there an area where the Spirit has been whispering and you have been resisting? Would you be willing to pray “mess with my heart?” Do you trust His love enough?
Monday/Wednesday Bible Study
2. Read Song of Songs 3:1-5
A. In Song of Songs 2:13 he asked her to arise, and she did not. What does she say now in Song of Songs 3:1-2?
B. The watchmen most likely represent pastors and leaders in the church who are called to watch over the flock. Sometimes they do it well, and sometimes they do not. What does she ask them in verse 3?
C. How quickly does she find him and what is her heart’s intent in verse 4?
Matthew Henry interprets verse 5 as him being asleep in her arms and she doesn’t want him awakened.
D. Be alert this week to a time when you sense the presence of Christ with you — and bask in the sweetness. Share here if it happens.
3. Read Song of Songs 3:6-11 and describe the glory of the wedding processional. Take time.
4. Read Song of Songs 4:1-6. After he again reassures her of his love, describing how beautiful she is to him, she now says she will go away with him to the mountain of myrrh. What do you think is happening here? Why do you think this?
(Rebecca found this century old photograph of a girl coming out of the cleft of a rock in Hawaii.)
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Then choose the 4th talk, even though we have not yet listened to the 3rd. (We will!) It is called The Love of Christ 4.
5. Listen and share your notes.
6. Remember to watch for a time when you sense the Lord is with you, when your love is in your arms or you are in His And then share. I’ll share one — and then it’s your turn.
Last week when I was flying, I had gotten on the plane so late that I couldn’t even grab my book but had to quickly stuff everything overhead. So I was looking at the Safety pamphlet tucked in the pocket in front of me and decided to pray through the letters on the front praising the Lord. (For example: Read Carefully — R: you are my Redeemer; E: you are the most Excellent of men; A: you are my Alpha and Omega…) Anyhow, I kept falling asleep. And then I remembered what Tim Keller said: “Have you ever fallen asleep during prayer and felt guilty? How do you feel when a child falls asleep in your arms when you are reading to him? Feel better?” Instead of feeling guilty, I felt loved, cherished, and the presence of God.
7. What’s your take-a-way and why?