There are numerous interpretations of the Song of Solomon, and apart from God, who knows which is the best? – if, indeed, any of them are correct!
It is important to recognise that the Holy Spirit was the Author of the Song of Solomon. King Solomon was His instrument. As with all Scripture, it is God who speaks through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16) to those who are born again (John 3:3-8), i.e., those who have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
God speaks to His own (Psalm 85:8), and He addresses them individually. Consequently each believer has a personal *relationship with his Lord (Jeremiah 31:34) – not unlike the relationship mirrored in the Song of Solomon between the Shulamite and her Beloved. Their relationship was intimate and beautiful. So too, is that of the believer and his Lord; not in terms of physical attraction or sexual intimacy, rather a spiritual (John 4:24) relationship through and by the Holy Spirit.
God first gives His love to the believer (1 John 4:19), who in turn receives it with great joy (John 15:11). In response the believer shows his love by being obedient to his Lover (John 14:15).
There is no finer love than that of the Father for His Son (John 5:20) who is the Groom betrothed to His bride [the church] (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-27), and at the right time their love will be consummated at ‘the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9).’
I find there are parallels between my relationship with the Lord and the relationship of the Shulamite and her Beloved.
When you delve into this ‘Song of Solomon’, what does the Spirit say to you?
Does He confirm that you have a very precious and deep relationship (6:3) with your Lord?
Does He assure you that you are a ‘seal’ (8:6) on your Lord’s ‘heart’ and ‘arm’ for evermore?
What the Spirit Says to Me
I am totally amazed to learn that my Lover, the Lord Jesus Christ, loves me more than I can comprehend; since, in my estimation, I’m flawed beyond redemption. I am gobsmacked when I take in the extent of His love, in that He suffered on the cross and died for me, so that I may live eternally with Him – even more amazing, He gives me an **inheritance in Him.
When the Beloved gazed upon the Shulamite he saw none of her flaws (Song of Solomon 1:6); instead he saw her as perfect, pure and most beautiful (v. 8, 15; 2:2; 4:7). This is how God looks upon His loved ones. He sees them as flawless and perfect, just as He sees His Son.
When the Shulamite gazed upon her Beloved she saw his perfection (2:3; 5:10-16). Believers, too, gaze upon their Lord, and by the eye of faith they see His absolute perfection (Psalm 18:30).
The lover’s desires were for each other (7:10, 12). The Shulamite expressed her longing to be sealed together in marriage (8:6, 7). Believers likewise, long for ‘the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9)’ when they will be fully wedded to their Lord. All day long they cry aloud, “Maranatha” (1 Corinthians 16:22).
The lovers’ courtship did not go without its hiccups; for the Shulamite made mistakes along the way (1:6), and she had to deal with distractions (2:15), but her Beloved responded with love and encouragement (1:8-10). Isn’t that the case with the Lord and those He loves?
Protocol demanded a right time for the couple to be joined together in their love (2:7; 3:5; 8:4), i.e., on the day of their wedding (3:1-11). Their union was sensuous and passionate (4:9-5:1).
The Spirit speaks to those who have ‘ears to hear (Mark 4:9),’ and this song of love tells of much more to come.
*Jesus is Personal
**An Eternal Inheritance in Christ Jesus
I recommend you get hold of a copy of ‘Solomon’s Song of Songs – Pure Intimacy’ written by John Barber. He offers 31 daily readings that give insights into this rich resource of God’s Word.
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