Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; (Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV)
What is fragrance?
What does it do?
Here’s the thing. When our Song speaks of fragrance it is not talking about actions. Not the visible actions of a Shepherd King, but rather the invisible aspects of thoughts and emotions – His passions.
When we talk about God and emotions we (the Church) have a strange box for God. We feel like God has this amazing joy when we are born again, and He spends the rest of our lives angry with us.
There is even theological argument out there that says that if God does not change, He cannot have emotions.
This is all so messed up. We are created in the image of God, emotions and all. If we learn nothing else from the Song of Songs, it is that we have an emotional Father.
There is however action in this verse and we don’t want to miss it. The fragrant ointment is poured forth.
Here we see the internal essence of Jesus, His thought life, His emotion, His passion, poured out by the declaration of His name. Last time we looked at His name, but today I want to draw your attention to this idea.
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When He told us His name was JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU “The Lord is our righteousness” He demonstrated His passion for His righteousness to be expressed through your life.
When He taught us His name, JEHOVAH-SHALOM–Our perfect peace–He demonstrated His passion to come to us as the Prince of Peace and demolish all that stands between us and peace with God.
When He said His name was JEHOVAH RAPHA–I am the Lord Your Physician, the Lord Your Healer–He demonstrated His passion to heal you to the uttermost.
Interestingly enough Paul talks about fragrance too.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? – 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
The fact is, as our lives declare by word and deed the name of Jesus, His passion is poured forth on our circle of influence, and it has an impact. It may draw some to Christ, and it may push some away. In any case, when we stand for Christ our lives will no longer be neutral.
Do you need that ointment poured forth in your life today?
Do you need that healing balm, that peace that defies understanding?
Let the name of Jesus wash over you even now. Declare His name out loud over your circumstances today.
If you are sick say out loud something like “I am yours Jehovah Rapha–the Lord who heals me”
If you are stressed instead of blessed – declare “I am yours, Jehovah Shalom”
Hey – we are not talking about magic words or secret formulas here. But there is power in the name of Jesus.
That’s good, isn’t it? Share what you learned, or what fresh revelation you received, or even what made you mad here today.
Come back next week for more of the Song.
Believe me, we are just scratching the surface here.