A HEART FOR JESUS
Song of Solomon 5:2-16 (NKJV)
The Shulamite’s Troubled Evening
2 I sleep, but my heart is awake;
It is the voice of my beloved!
He knocks, saying,
“Open for me, my sister, my love,
My dove, my perfect one;
For my head is covered with dew,
My locks with the drops of the night.”
3 I have taken off my robe;
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet;
How can I defile them?
4 My beloved put his hand
By the latch of the door,
And my heart yearned for him.
5 I arose to open for my beloved,
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
My fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the lock.
6 I opened for my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and was gone.
My heart leaped up when he spoke.
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
7 The watchmen who went about the city found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
The keepers of the walls
Took my veil away from me.
8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
That you tell him I am lovesick!
The Daughters of Jerusalem
9 What is your beloved
More than another beloved,
O fairest among women?
What is your beloved
More than another beloved,
That you so charge us?
10 My beloved is white and ruddy,
Chief among ten thousand.
11 His head is like the finest gold;
His locks are wavy,
And black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves
By the rivers of waters,
Washed with milk,
And fitly set.
13 His cheeks are like a bed of spices,
Banks of scented herbs.
His lips are lilies,
Dripping liquid myrrh.
14 His hands are rods of gold
Set with beryl.
His body is carved ivory
Inlaid with sapphires.
15 His legs are pillars of marble
Set on bases of fine gold.
His countenance is like Lebanon,
Excellent as the cedars.
16 His mouth is most sweet,
Yes, he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved,
And this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem!
The book of the Song of Solomon (Old Testament) holds a special place in the Word of God (The BIBLE). While much of the Bible deals with history and with doctrine, the Song of Solomon is a collection of love songs. These songs detail the love life of King Solomon and one of his many wives.
There are many people who do not felt that this book has a place in the Bible. This book is, after all, filled with explicit descriptions of romantic love between a husband and his wife. This book is, however, very special. In its pages, we can see a clear picture of the love (LOVE) relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and those who are saved by His grace.
In the passage that is before us this morning, we are given a glimpse inside the heart of the bride. We are given the opportunity to see just how much she loves her husband. In these verses, we find that she has a heart for him.
I would like for us to look into these verses for a few minutes this morning and get a glimpse of how wonderful our Heavenly Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ, is.
Let’s see, afresh and anew this morning just how much we love Him and how a heart for Him beats.
Join me in this passage as we consider A Heart For Him.
I. V. 2-5 THE BRIDE DOZING
(Ill. All through the first part of the book, the bridegroom has been referring to this woman as the bride. Here, he does not use that term. It may be that they have been married for a while when the events described here take place. It may be that the new has worn off their relationship. After all, when this chapter opens, we find the bride asleep, and the bridegroom outside her chamber trying to gain access. She is dozing!
Ill. We all remember how exciting it was in those first days. We all remember the thrill of “the first love”, Rev. 2:4. I wonder how many of us would have to say that we are in the same condition this morning. We are so secure and satisfied in what we have that we have forgotten the One Who gave us all we have. We sleep while He tries to draw near to spend some precious time with His beloved.)
A. V. 2 The Call Of The Beloved – Notice how tender His call is. He uses terms of endearment designed to remind her of how precious she is to Him. He tells her that He is outside and wants to come in to her.
Ill. He is so tender in his plea and he wants to be with her so desperately. Notice what he calls her:
1. My Sister – Speaking of the intimacy of their relationship. The term “sister” was a term of affection that a husband might use for his wife. (Ill. The love of Jesus for His bride – Eph. 5:25.)
2. My Love – Speaking of the special place she holds in his heart. (Ill. How much Jesus loved us! – Rom. 5:6-8)
3. My Dove – Speaks of the special peace that permeates their relationship. They are in a joyous, glorious relationship that has made them as one! (Ill .We have been brought nigh to God through the blood of the Lord Jesus – Eph. 2:12-13!)
4. My Undefiled – Speaks of the purity of their love. There is nothing vulgar or evil transpiring here! No! There love is pure and she is pure! (Ill. Justification – Rom. 5:1)
(Ill. This is a picture of the Lord Jesus seeking blessed communion with His blood bought and redeemed people. He longs for us to desire to be in His presence. He wants to fellowship with you and me!)
B. V. 3 The Complaint Of The Bride – Her response is telling of her priorities. She tells him that she has already washed her feet and is in the bed. Simply put, she doesn’t want to get up and fool with him.
(Ill. How many of us have experienced something similar in our marriages? Something you would have done without hesitation when you were first married now seems like pure drudgery. If we were honest, we would all have to confess that we allow ourselves to become a little chilly in that department from time to time.
Now, think about your walk with Jesus Christ in that same context! Remember the early days of salvation? Remember when church and the Bible were so exciting? Remember when prayer was an adventure? Remember when you couldn’t wait for an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus? Remember when you couldn’t wait to get to church? Remember when the Christian life was exciting?
Now, how many of us would have to admit that, like the bride in our text, we have taken off our marching shoes? That we have traded the armor of the Spirit for the bedclothes of ease and leisure and we have allowed ourselves to get so comfortable that just being with Jesus isn’t as exciting as it used to be?
We get that way sometimes don’t we? We get to the place that church isn’t exciting. Prayer and the Bible just do not thrill us anymore. That is a sad place to be, but I think that a lot of God’s children are there this morning! Are you?)
C. V. 4 The Compassion Of The Bride – When his tender words failed to arose her interest toward him, the bridegroom puts his hand in beside the lock of the door and tries to open the door himself. He fails to do this, but seeing him want to be with her so badly stirs her heart and she feels “her heart begin to beat for him”. Now, she too wants to be with him.
(Ill. When it ever dawns in the soul of the believer just what Jesus Christ has done for you and me, how much He loves us, how much He desires to be near us and how sweetly He calls us to Himself, it will awaken a desire in our hearts to be near Him also. I think many of us need to hear and heed the Savior’s call this day!
How many of us will be willing to come before him this morning and open the doors of our hearts to him afresh and anew today? How many will respond with love to the call of the Savior?)
I. The Bride Dozing
II. V. 6-8 THE BRIDE DESIRING
(Ill. When she finally rises from her bed and goes to the door, she finds that her beloved has already gone. Then she remembers how she felt when she did hear his voice. It was so intense that it caused her soul to faint within her. Now, he is gone. Still, she has been reawakened to the need to be with him. A renewed desire is kindled within her heart for her husband. Now, just has he desired to be with her, she is filled with the desire to be with him.)
A. V. 6 The Direction Of Her Desire – As she begins her search, notice what she says she is seeking. “I sought HIM! I called HIM”. She makes no reference to his wealth, though he is the richest man in the land. She makes no reference to his position, though there is none more exalted than he. She makes no reference to his power, though there is none more powerful than he. No! She is utterly consumed by HIM. She desires him and nothing more.
(Ill. So it is with the child of God who rediscovers how glorious Jesus is. They aren’t thrilled by His power, His possessions or by His position. They are thrilled just to be in His Presence. Friends, when you and I reach a place where we are more interested in being with the Lord than in getting something from the Lord, we have begun to grow in the Lord. When we come to the place where He fills our thoughts, then we have come to the place where He holds first place.
What are you seeking from the Lord this morning? Do need some stuff? Do you need your meal barrel filled? Do you need someone to go with you into a fiery furnace? Do you need a friend that sticketh closer than a brother? Do you need something big from God today? Let me tell you how to get it! It’s so simple! Just get to the place where nothing is more important to you than Him and all that other stuff will take care of itself, Matt. 6:33!
You see, when you are in love with the Heavenly Bridegroom, He will see to it that His Bride is taken care of! Instead of wanting FROM Him, let’s get to the place where we want JUST Him. That is when we will see business pick up!)
B. V. 7-8 The Depth Of Her Desire – As she went her way looking for her husband, she was humiliated by the watchmen. They took her veil and they wounded her. But, she was not deterred from her mission! Still she sought him. And, when she could not find him, she enlisted the help of other women in the city. She tells them that she is “love sick.”
The whole point here is that she is willing to endure anything just to be reunited with her husband. She had been indifferent to him before, now she aches to be in his arms.
(Ill. What a lesson for the church! I wonder what price we are willing to pay to be near our Lord. Are we will to give up anything that is necessary? Are we willing to suffer the humiliation of the cross? Are we willing to bear His name? When we, like this woman, reach the place where we are “love sick” for Jesus, we will pay the price to be close to Him, but not until! Would to God that we loved Him like He loved us!
Jesus Christ let us know that those who loved Him would be called upon to love him deeply. He made this clear in several places, Luke 14:26-35; Luke 9:23-24.)
(Ill. What price are you willing to pay to become closer to the Lord Jesus? How much do you really love Him today? Is your love for Jesus all-consuming? Does your love for everything else in life pale in comparison? Do you love Him enough to turn your back on everyone else and everything else, if He were to call upon you to do so? How deep is your live for Him?)
I. The Bride Dozing
II. The Bride Desiring
III. V. 9-16 THE BRIDE DESCRIBING
(Ill. In this passage the bride has had her love rekindled for the husband. Now, she wants nothing more than to be reunited with him. Before, she was too lazy to get out of bed to open the door for him, now, she tells us how she really felt about him!)
A. V. 9 The Question Regarding Her Beloved – The daughters of Jerusalem ask this woman to tell them just what makes this man more special than any other man. She is challenged to tell them why she loves him so much that she has become “love sick” over him.
(Ill. When you really fall in love with Jesus, there will always be those around you who will not understand your devotion to Him. They won’t understand why you go to church 3 times a week. They won’t understand why you give a tenth and maybe more of your money to the church in His name. They won’t understand why when you talk about Him, sometimes you tear up and weep. They won’t understand what makes you tick! You will be weird. You will be different. They will want to know why! When those times come, they afford the child of God a wonderful opportunity to brag on Jesus! In fact, Apostle Peter tells us to give them an answer when they ask for a reason, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”, 1 Peter 3:15!)
B. V. 10-16a The Qualifications Of Her Beloved – They want to know why she thinks he is so special and she tells them all about him in verses 10-16. The language she uses describes him from head to toe and tells just how lovely he is to her. She tells them that he is the “fairest among ten thousand.” Then, she launches off on a minute description of his glories and his wonders. All of her terms are terms that describe beauty, grace, strength and tenderness. To her, he is the perfect specimen of manhood. To her, he is absolutely perfect!
(Ill. When Isaiah wrote about the coming Christ he said this, “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.”, Isa. 53:2. Had you and I lived during the time of the Lord Jesus Christ and seen Him on the street, there would have been nothing of beauty in Him that would have made us desire Him. But, how different He appears to the souls He has saved by His grace!
Dear friends, when we think of His LOVE, Jer. 31:3;
His grace, Eph. 2:8-9; His death, Rev. 1:5; His blood, 1 Pet. 1:18-19; His resurrection, Rev. 1:18; His call, John 6:44; His salvation, Heb. 7:25; His keeping power, 1 Pet. 1:5; His heavenly home He is preparing for us, John 14:1-3; and His return, Rev. 22:20, not to mention His power and His glory, how can we see Him as being less than beautiful?
When He is seen as He really is, He will stir the heart to boundless praise and adoration of His glorious Person! He is the “chiefest of ten billions!” He is in a category all by Himself!)
(Ill. Glory to God! I say that we ought to offer up praise this morning for who He is! If nothing else stirs us, let the thought of Him and His beauty cause us to shout the victory today!)
C. V. 16b The Quality Of Her Beloved – finally, she exhausts her vocabulary and sums Him up as being “altogether lovely.” She says, “I have looked Him over from head to toe and I cannot find a single flaw in this man. He is absolutely perfect!”
(Ill. My friends, you can search the farthest reaches of the universe and you will never find another like the Lord Jesus! He is altogether lovely! There is no flaw in Him! He is full of glory and perfect in every way! Such is the Lord Jesus to every heart touched by Him in power and saving grace. Those who knew Him love Him and can find no flaw in the Lamb of God! Jesus Christ is in a class by Himself!)
(Ill. Note: In 6:1 – The description of the bride awakens a desire in the daughters of Jerusalem. So it is with this lost and dying world. When they encounter people who’s hearts are aflame with love for Jesus, it creates a hunger within them for Him. Therefore, let your love for Jesus show. Let it burn brightly for all to see.
In 6:4 through the end of the book – Unbroken communion is enjoyed by the lovers. When a heart is stirred to love the Lord with renewed fire and passion, He will honor that commitment and He will come near to that individual and they will enjoy a special relationship as they go through this world!) Hallelujah!
Where does this love message find your heart this morning?
Is it burning bright with a boundless love for the Lord Jesus? Or, have the cares of life and the attractions of this world caused your flame to become ember? Are you hungry for Him? Do you remember a better day in your walk with the Lord, when you were filled with love for Him? Do you long for those wonderful days again?
They are available! All you need do is seek Him with a pure heart that is stirred up in love for Him and He will fill you with His glory and His Presence. He wants to be with you more than you want to be with Him! Will you come to Him this morning?
Friends, are you here today lost in your sins and in the world? Do you need to come to Jesus so that you can have your sins forgiven? Do you need to meet Him in a personal relationship today?
Now is the time for decisions. Now is the time for commitment. Will you come as the Lord may be leading you right now?
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
All Glory to JESUS!