THE HEART’S VISION
Come to me, all who are burdened . . . and I will refresh you souls ~Matthew 11:28
Beloved: Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine. For your ointments have a lovely fragrance; your name is as ointment poured out; because of this, the virgins love you! Draw me; we will run after you. The King has brought me into his chambers.
Friends: We rejoice and delight in you; we will remember your love more than wine.
Beloved: The upright love you! I am black, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon. (Song 1:2-5)
The maiden has known the Father‘s kiss of reconciliation when she fled to his feet as a prodigal child. However, this is more. This is the cry for the most intimate communion and fellowship with the father and son that is conceivable. Her heart has been stirred to cry out for the “kisses of His mouth!” What caused this cry? What did she see in this great king? Very simply, that “His love is more delightful than wine!” (Song 1:2).
Jesse Penn-Lewis points out:
The soul must always have a heavenly vision to draw it out of itself, and away from the things of the earth. The “eyes of the heart” must be illuminated to know the hope of its calling. The clearer the vision, the more entire the dependence upon the Holy Spirit for its fulfillment, and the more intense the thirst after God.
We shall prove ourselves to be of little worth of the heavenly calling if we think alone of what we ‘give up.’ “Thy love is better” exclaims our maiden. We lose only dross when we exchange the earthly treasures for the heavenly ones. All that is of earth lasts but for a moment, but God satisfies for ever.”
The maiden has realized that anything the world has to offer, the success, fame, or as she states; “the best wine,” does not compare with the sweetness of his love.
She loves him for who he is. Jesus is indeed the “Anointed One.” The “fragrance of his perfume is pleasing” (Song 1:3). Not only does the Father smell the sweet fragrance of his holy life, but the maiden has also sensed the attractive scent. This is not something she has heard about or caught a glimpse of, but in some way, far beyond the description of mere words, she has realized the value of the sweet fragrance of his ointments.
At the same time, she has been drawn to him by his name that “is like perfume poured out.” (Song 1:3). Jesus — Jehovah the Savior. Emmanuel “God with us.” The ointment of his Name has been poured out. Jesus emptied himself and “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant and humbled himself and became obedient to death, therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the Name that is above every name” (Philemon 2:6-11). “No wonder the maidens love you” (Song 1:3)! By his act, Jesus was teaching us that the secret of being exalted with him is to become obedient and submitted, even unto death!
They have been won by him, and at first, they love him for all the joy he gives them; they love the Giver for his gifts. However, the maiden has had a deeper call and cries, “Take me away with you, draw me, we will run after you” (Song 1:4). “That I can know him,” is her cry.
As we follow on to know the Lord, the virgins will be drawn too. We need to press on to full growth in the spiritual life, or we may be standing in the way of others. We unconsciously exercise an attractive force towards God if we seek to know him fully, and to walk with him.
The maiden also realizes that the work is his. He must draw her with his “cords of human kindness, and lift the yoke of bondage from her as he feeds her himself” (Hosea 11:4). Her part is simply in the will; she cannot do anything except abandon herself to his hands, and respond to his drawings. This is where the will enters. Are we willing submit and pursue, or would we rather sit by and go our own way?
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