“Rightly Do They Love You” (Song 1:4)

song-of-solomon1“Draw me, we will run after you. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will make mention of your love more than of wine. Rightly do they love you.”

We love the Lord because He is good to sinners. He draws us after Himself and causes us to be what we are not, so we trust Him implicitly. He knows that we are transgressors from the womb, and yet He covenanted to save us by grace, taking no discouragement from our unrighteousness. He says, “You have never heard [ignorant]; you have never known; for a long time your ears have not been open. For I knew that you were very treacherous, and were known as a rebel from birth (Isa 48:8).”

He determined His love would be greater than our sin, putting us in the Lamb’s book of life, irrevocably, from the world’s foundation (Rev 13:8). He’s always loved us, and it will never end. Therefore, weak as we are, we say, “Draw me”, and then, “we will run after you.” “Give us the grace, Lord, and then we’ll be holy. Let us taste your love, and then we’ll conquer sin.” It is not us doing for Him, but Him for us, and then we serve as commanded. Thank God for the willing heart and for the grace that answers godly desires.

1     Christ crucified is the message of the gospel -not an event, but the Person. He is known as the One who died, but He lives to reign in grace. He is inexpressibly gracious to bring us into fellowship and commune with kisses, not condemnation. He says, “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1).” He takes the sinner in His love and gives us the inheritance, so that He can commune with us. He who needs no help and never lacks has chosen to make us included in His love – in all that it gives.

He gave us Himself, by the sacrifice of Himself, so that we can enjoy His pleasure. God is love, always has been, but He pours it upon us in demonstration – never neglecting His holiness, but communing with sinners… never diminishing His delight in righteousness, but He’s transformed sin into sickness that He now pities and heals. He says, “He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases (Ps 103:3).” The goodness of God in condescension through Christ is the experience of all who believe.

2     Do not think this love is too high for you! It is as low as the vilest sinner, and it elevates you by His goodness. It takes you from the dunghill of corruption and brings you into the lofty place. Hannah said, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the garbage dump. He seats them with noblemen and gives them a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’S; He has set the world on them (1 Sam 2:8).” He elevates you, not because you are worthy, but because of drawing power. He makes you what you ought to be, so you can proclaim Christ joyfully, rather than making yourself somebody!

Isn’t it enough that He loves you, and He’s lifted you up? Then seek no esteem from men. Your life is wrapped up in the bundle of grace. You have all things, even if no man esteems you, because you have God and the peace that He gives. You are honored to magnify the Son, and this is your true joy, that cannot fail, and it is a request that He will honor. He says, “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you (John 15:7).” The way is hard, but grace will conquer, and the Devil will be defeated. Do not believe in, glory in, or exalt yourself: Give all goodness to God, and you are truly good. He has changed you for real, when you no longer care about self but Christ – “not how I look, but can others see Him”.

3     The gospel is the power of new life! It is the reason and the power of love! She says, “Rightly do they love you.” It is drawing, keeping, enlightening, and cleansing; the gospel makes love come from the heart. It is inward renewal, quiet confidence and joyful praise; it is power the world cannot overcome, assuring us of eternal life.

Let your love be strong and don’t be discouraged. He’s given us every reason and He will continue. She says, “Draw me, we will run after you. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will be glad and rejoice in you.” It is not something that loses power; its freshness is to be tasted daily. You can do all things, now that Christ is with you. If not, ask Him to abide, and He will remain (Luke 24:29). Ask Him where He dwells, and hear, “Come, and you will see” (John 1:38).  

He will not leave you behind, when you set your heart upon His love. He will be faithful, and He won’t let grace wear out.  Where are you now? Have you fallen away? Restore your love and faithfulness. Is your heart like ice, chasing the cares of this world? Or, do you enjoy sweet communion? It doesn’t matter: Look to Christ for love, and love Him for the kisses of intimacy. You are in perfect position for grace, and you’ll praise grace for grace received. You are the person He’s come for, if He is what you need.

Brethren, we rightly love the Lord Jesus Christ. Draw near to Him for drawing power, and then proclaim how good and righteous He is.

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