The King hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. – Song Of Songs 1:4 KJV
Today we see our first brush with intimacy between our Maiden and the King.
Out of a nation of women, the Shulamite has caught the eye of the King, and He has invited her into His chambers. The courtship is ON!
Just to be clear, marriage is a few chapters off, but here she gets the first taste of one on one interaction with the King. Up till now, she has gazed at him from afar, but now she has met Him personally.
It is like one who has known of Jesus, perhaps Sunday School stories, or a formal religious experience being turned on its head when we have our first encounter with Him.
She is faced with how to keep this relationship fresh and alive. The Song gives us three ways to keep our relationship with the Lord fresh when we are out in the world.
Be Glad – The satisfied soul will carry you a long way from the Kings chamber. Gladness – Joy is one of the most powerful forces in life. Joy is stirred in the presence of the Lord (In His presence is fullness of Joy! Ps 16:11) and Joy creates strength as we step out of the chamber of the Lover of our souls (the joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10)
Rejoice – A worshiping soul will refresh you when satisfaction fades. Rejoicing–Praise and Worship–draw the presence of the Lord. When we do not feel or sense the presence of the Lord, worship will call to the surface that which is resident in you. (God inhabits the praises of His people. Psalm 22:3 KJV)
Remember – A thankful remembrance of His words of love and acts of compassion in our lives will hold us for ages, and in fact, as we rehearse our testimonies, it stirs our faith and expectation for his continued participation in our life. The recounting of a testimony is the seedbed for the next miracle.
These 3 steps can take us through the “dry” times and hasten the return of the springtime.
Thanks for coming by this week.
See you next week