“Your navel is a round goblet, no mingled wine is wanting. Your belly is a heap of wheat set about with lilies. Your two breasts are like two fawns that are twins of a roe.” vs2-3
The Lord Jesus is fond of us. He looks upon us with delight, and we must receive it. We are not beautiful because of ourselves, but because of grace. He has made us pleasing by the work of His hands, and we receive the commendation. He calls things that are not, as though they were, and then He makes them happen (Rom 4:17).
Faith is believing the greatness of God’s promise to you, even eternal life: It is believing that though you are vile and filthy, you have all things. Though you are unworthy, you have forgiveness and redemption in Christ. He looks upon your body, O believer, and says, “Your navel is a rounded bowl; it never lacks wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat.” You give life and nourish: He sees faith working by love. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love (Gal 5:6).”
We need to look up and think highly of ourselves through Christ. We need to pray in His name before the Father and give Him credit for what He has done. He’s washed us. Our feet are not clean because we walk perfectly, but because He forgives and cleanses constantly. He gives us the Spirit to restore our soul.
Someone was talking to me today about repentance, and how she got tired of living for self. If true, she’ll live for God’s glory willingly. She’s come to Him a poor sinner, and He’s forgiven her and given her a mission! When Israel was saved from Babylon, she wasn’t only delivered from bondage, but she was saved to serve. God told her, “Go up into the hills, brind down lumber, and build the house. Then I will be pleased with it and be glorified’, says the Lord (Haggai 1:8).” You are involved in this labor, and God delights in you and it. He’s made you good so you can do good, which is saving the elect and building the church. You haven’t been liberated to live in sin, but being bought with a price, you glorify God in your body (1 Cor 6:20). You are no longer sexually immoral, a drunkard, or a swindler! He says, “And some of you used to be like this. But you washed yourselves, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor 6:11).” No longer do you steal, but you work, laboring with your hands, so that you may give. No longer are you a hard and unforgiving person, but you forgive because you’ve been forgiven. Our Lord said, “Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little (Luke 7:47).” You love because you are loved, and all of your sinfulness brings you to Christ’s grace.
Do not fear to take these glad tidings! Your navel nurses others with the best wine, your belly satisfies others by what its eaten, and your breasts are delightful to Jesus, being the place of His comfort and church’s blessing. He sees you loving His people, and He loves you really. You are already perfect in His sight, though blemishes frustrate you! “For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight (Eph 1:4).” You are accepted as you are, and you bear fruit.
Brothers, the gospel is good news, better than we deserve, and always because of outside of yourself reasons, namely the grace of the Lord. Take the praise from Christ, and you’ll praise Him more abundantly.