Saturday, 9 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 9

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 9)

What is that coming up from the wilderness,
    like a column of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
    with all the fragrant powders of the merchant?
Look, it is the litter of Solomon! SS 3: 6-7

    Daughters of Jerusalem,
11     come out.
Look, O daughters of Zion,
    at King Solomon,
at the crown with which his mother crowned him
    on the day of his wedding,
    on the day of the gladness of his heart. SS 3:11

Later in the Song of Songs we read a description of the Lover and Beloved's wedding. Some scholars believe that this procession describes the public celebration of their engagement.

I wonder how the Beloved felt about such an elaborate display of her Lover's affections.I wonder how the Beloved felt about such an elaborate display of her Lover's affections.

In earlier verses we read how she struggled with her sense of inferiority. Solomon was a King! As she processed through the streets with Him, could she believe that He had truly chosen her to be His Bride?

The Beloved had done very little to deserve His love. The Lover had initiated the relationship. He had taken a backward step when she told Him she wasn’t ready. He had welcomed her back once she had reconsidered. He had invited her to a banquet in His palace, and now He processed through the public streets with her.

Do we consider ourselves unworthy of God's love? If so, we are correct. None of us are worthy. Jesus is our Lover. He alone makes us worthy.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 

While we are sinners, God invites us into a relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ, His son. What is our response?

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.