Luci Shaw said, “God has given us two great books: creation and Scripture — and they speak about one another. I see it in the rising sun each morning, as it floods the bay with color, and I think of Psalm 19 and a Bridegroom coming out of his pavilion. I see it in the changing seasons, and think of the complete faithfulness of God. I see it in the forget-me-nots that blanket the woods in the spring and I think of how the prophets cry that we have forgotten Him.
This week is Thanksgiving week, and we will spend the week in giving thanks, often taking a picture from The Song of Songs, reflect on how it is a metaphor for a spiritual truth, and use it as a springboard for prayer. I’ve kept it short, for I know it is a busy week.
I also want to hear your testimonies. To prime the pump, here are a few:
I have always been taught The Song of Songs is only about love/marriage between husband and wife. A veil has been lifted and made me see God’s love in a whole new light…. He calls me to come away with Him, come away from idols, from the false safety blankets I have clung to for so long…
Staci from The Netherlands
…Until now I had always hoped that He loved me, but now I know…
Deanna from Ohio
Does Jesus love me? I have been contemplating this question as my “sorrows like sea billows roll,” I have come to see that this question is KEY. Do I believe that He loves me, desires me, even when suffering does not make sense and every alternative is dark? The Song of Songs keeps telling me He does.
Diane from Canada
In the past, I clung to His love to survive. Now, I’m letting Him hold me, rather than grasping in desperation. I’m seeing that He really does delight in me — that’s what is still soaking in. Something else that made a difference: getting to the end of myself. Even when I don’t have the energy to hold on, He is holding on to me.
Renee from South Dakota
It seems somewhat ironic, that in beginning this study, I was pretty unsure of SOS, i.e., unsure of its poetic nature (not really my thing), unsure of the differing opinions related to SOS, unsure of what the Lord might be up to in having us study this book. Now nearing the end, I see myself as a different follower of Christ as a result of this study.
Nancy J from Wisconsin
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. Share a sentence of Thanksgiving for The Song of Songs with a specific way it is impacting you.
Our own Elizabeth found this video of Mike Reeves, to whom we have listened so often. It is short, and I think it is a good review, and that you will enjoy it. Watch it today or sometime this week and comment: Link
COMMENT ON THE ABOVE VIDEO:
The Bridegroom comes to the maiden “like a gazelle or a young stag leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.” (The Song of Songs 2:8-9)
John of the Cross likened the above to the swiftness with which our Lord shows and hides himself. He usually visits devout souls to gladden and liven them, and then leaves them in order to try, humble, and teach them.”
3. What do you see in this image? And how has the Lord come to you in The Song of Songs? How has He surprised you recently?
4. Use this image as a springboard for praise.
The prophets use the land as a parallel to the state of our hearts. Isaiah tells of a vineyard with bitter fruit. Ezekiel writes of hearts of stone. Yet there is coming a day when the fig tree will no longer be cursed, when the dry land will blossom, when we will have hearts of flesh, and when the winter will be past and the time of singing will come. (Song of Songs 2:7)
5. What do you see in this image? How is God making you more fruitful? And what do you look forward to most when all the effects of the fall are reversed?
6. Use this image as a springboard for praise.
Thanksgiving Day! (And let it go into Friday as well — keep thanking Him)
At our table we always ask, “What are you thankful for this year, that you could not have been thankful for last year?” Usually even children can answer this, if they are old enough to understand the difference between this year and last. I also want to break this down so that you go beyond being thankful for visible things, though those are important as well. Here we go — and I’ll answer each here personally to prime the pump:
7. What visible thing are you thankful for this year that you could not have been thankful for last year?
(I’m thankful for two new healthy happy grandchildren — precious babies Lily Grace and Kenneth Steven.)
8. Think about something this year you have been anxious about or tend to complain about — how has God used it for good?
(I am anxious about being a widow in the woods in Wisconsin — yet I am pressing into Him and seeing Him provide me with friends, comfort me that He is in control, even when there is a power outage, and give me sweet writing time.)
9. What spiritual truth from God have you learned or put into practice that has brought healing in your relationship with Him or healing in your relationship with someone else? (Perhaps from The Song of Songs)
(The sense of being loved found in The Song has helped me to better love the challenging people in my life with His love. But I’ll save my story for the first week in Advent!)
10. GOD HUNT: How has God surprised you with an answer to prayer, unexpected grace, or unusual timing or circumstances this year?
(He has surprised me with your enthusiastic reaction to The Song of Songs, with your iron sharpening iron as you share your insights. He also surprised me when my daughter Sally moved from Washington D. C. to Milwaukee — just three hours from me!) Your Turn: