Song of Solomon 8

Those who are espoused to the Lord Jesus,
should desire constant intimacy and freedom with Him.
Let us be ready to own our relation to Him and affection for Him,
never fearing being despised by the world for it.

1 O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.

2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.

3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.

6 ¶ Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

8 ¶ We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

14 ¶ Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.

Song of Solomon 8:5—Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her Beloved?

   Standing on the mountainous plateau with which Judea passes into the desert, the daughters of Jerusalem behold the Spouse, coming slowly up from the wilderness, leaning hard upon her Beloved; and in this we have an emblem of the Church, and of each faithful soul. The wilderness can well be taken as an emblem of the experience of believers, who are suffered to hunger and thirst, exposed to be smitten by the sun of temptation, and pacing wearily over the lowlands of a somewhat arduous and monotonous existence.
   But the wilderness-life is not destined to be our perpetual experience. We are bidden to come up from it. Life is meant to be an unceasing ascent from strength to strength until we stand in Zion before God. Is your path trying and perilous? Does it seem as though you will never gain the heights that rear themselves before your gaze? Do you feel prepared, like Hagar, to yield to despair and death? See, there is One that goes beside. Turn to regard Him. His hands are as though they had been pierced. He is your Beloved; lean on Him. He gives you his arm to rest upon, and He will sustain you when heart and flesh fail. The wilderness will bring out a tenderness, an all-sufficiency, a readiness of resource, on his part, which you would never have guessed unless your exigencies had become imperative. Be sure of this, lean hard, and believe that:

       “He will bring thee where the fountains
          Fresh and full spring forth above,
       Still throughout the endless ages
          Serving Him with perfect love.” —Our Daily Homily

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7 Many ____________ cannot ____________ love, neither can the ____________ drown it: if a ______ would ________ all the __________________ of his __________ for ________, it would ______________ be __________________.

Song of Solomon 8:14

“Even so come, Lord Jesus: come quickly.” Only those who can in sincerity call Christ their beloved, can desire Him to hasten His second coming. Let believers long for it, pray for it and work for it.