“While the king sat at his table, my spikenard sent forth its fragrance. My beloved is to me a bundle of myrrh that lies between my breasts. 14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna flowers in the vineyards of En-gedi. 15 Behold, you are fair, my love, behold you are fair. Your eyes are doves.
The believer sees the Lord Jesus by faith, and it delights Him. We take His promises, though we are sinners, and He is pleased to give us all things. Mark 2:5, “Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Your sins are also forgiven, and you have all things, if you believe on Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean your life will be easy, but faith says, “He loved me and gave Himself for me (Gal 2:20).” In the midst of every trial and situation, He will never let you down and fail to comfort your heart (Gal 2:20). Patience must have its perfect work, but God’s pleased with faith and rewards it with His commendation.
1 She saw the King at His table, fellowshipping with her, drawing out her love and devotion. She says, “While the king sat at his table, my perfume releases its fragrance (vs12).” What would make Him come to us, except grace? Why would He who is God Almighty in infinite holiness condescend to us? It is because He delights in mercy. He says, “For the High and Exalted One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy says this: ‘I live in a high and holy place, and with the crushed and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the crushed (Isa 57:15).” Augustine said, “The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.” Here we are – desperately depraved with no claims on God, offenders from the womb – and here He is stooping to wash our feet and cleanse us! The One that we’ve offended, the God against whom we’ve sinned, has communed with us through Christ crucified. He bore the penalty, so that He could come to the lowly, and when every hope’s been banished but the gospel, He delights to come to us, rewarding faith that looks to His mercy.
She saw Him communing with her in utmost, long held intimacy, and her heart sent forth devotion. She says, “My perfume releases its fragrance. My Love is a sachet of myrrh to me, spending the night between my breasts (vs12-13).” Someone foolishly said that Cessationist quench the Spirit, as if sticking to the Scriptures denies God’s power, but it is a lie, and we must not be deceived. We stick to the Scripture because God has no other revelation. There are no more Apostles to pass on the sign gifts, no new words from God by angels or dreams, but we do have the intimacy of the Spirit in soul quenching power, so that we’re SATISFIED with Christ’s word, receiving the “love of the truth that we might be saved (2 Thess 2:10).” We don’t need any other manifestation because the truth is in Christ, and we lack nothing, when we’ve seen Him gloriously in Scripture. Your contentment with Christ is doves eyes.
2 My brethren, do not be deceived by a cold religion! It only means that you’ve lost your First Love, or you’ve never heard the gospel in power. Those that say it’s boring, unsatisfying, or look for something else do not diminish the gospel but expose themselves as foolish. Christ is all-sufficient. He’s so satisfying that to be satisfied with anything else or to look anywhere else is complete disobedience! “I am the bread of life,’ Jesus told them. ‘No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again (John 6:35).” No, you don’t need a wife to be happy, a bigger house, or more notoriety in this world. Paul does not need to be delivered from the thorn in the flesh, but let Satan batter him, until the Spirit gives grace (2 Cor 12:9). Let circumstances be what they may (and God knows our suffering), but having food, clothing, and Christ, we have enough. Paul says, “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these (1 Tim 6:8).”
Don’t fall into the trap of, “Christ is good for dying, but I need the world for living”. It is a lie! Someone said, “THE GREATEST WASTE of life is to spend it in gratification of SELF. THE GREATEST USE of life is to spend it LIVING FOR CHRIST!” I saw something today where a sister recorded a short tribute to a brother in Christ who street preaches and raps for small crowds in the hood. He’s not after money, applause, or numbers! He’s content to do whatever God says because his thrill is daily renewed in the gospel; it does have power to break you into submission – to lay your life down willingly – BECAUSE it has so much comfort!
3 Brothers, hear His words to us and rejoice. He says, “How beautiful you are, my darling. How very beautiful (vs15)!” You must receive it. Don’t keep it at a distance or say it is true on good days only, but take the Master’s words, as your Lover speaks to you. He has come and heard your desperate plea. He knows that you are sinful, but He doesn’t rebuke or disown you! He comes in the Person of Christ, sees your faith, and delights in you with power. It is not too good to be true. It is the sovereign word of God. He will maintain fellowship, as we maintain faith, and He will return, as we confess our sins, trusting Him fully. Beautiful people act like it! They don’t focus on deficiency, but they see what makes them special and take heart. This is what we’re to do: “I’ve got Him because He’s come to me, and He’s pleased with me believing. Therefore, I’ll continue to believe and take what I’ve been given.” Fellowship with God is your privilege.
Do you believe that Christ sees you beautiful? If so, then your heart arises to Him in communion and love.