The Maiden’s Cry to The King
Our maiden turns away from the misjudgments of other Christians, and the bitter self-knowledge that has broken in on her, and turns to the Beloved of her heart. He at least will understand. He knows how her heart’s cry is after Himself, that she has chosen to count everything loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus her Lord. He knows how she loathes herself, and how she rests as never before on his righteousness as her only merit before the throne of God. He knows, He loves, He cares! She turns to him with the cry of her whole being. “Tell me,” She exclaims, “tell me, where you rest your sheep at noon” (Song 1:7)?
Scriptures compares the beginning of our new life in Christ to daybreak; the sun is just beginning to shine over the horizon, while high noon refers to our full maturity, free from all the fog and shadows. “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (Proverbs 4:18). “Your life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning” (Job 11:17).
God‘s desire is that everyone that is born-from-above would be led on, past the shadows into the full light of life in the Holiest of All. Yet, how many of us still live in the twilight and never emerge into that rest at noon which pictures the rest in the heart of God, in union with the Only Begotten of the Father.
“Tell me about that noon-time rest,” she cries. She has finally recognized that what Christians need the most is not so much a system of works but that unique place where the Lord feeds his flock and makes it to rest. Because of her lack of nourishment, she is looking for a place to be fed, and because of her need for rest, she is looking for a place to lie down.
The maiden is asking the Lord for the pathway to spiritual maturity. Her greatest desire is to find the path of rest with God in the fullness of his light and in divine union with his heart.
Why should I be like someone that is wandering around by the flocks of your companions? Going from flock to flock?” (Song 1:7). These companions are indeed companions of the Lord, but the flocks are not the flocks of the Lord. Rather, they are the flocks of his companions — people who follow men of God rather than being gathered to the Lord Himself.
The wandering around refers to a state of being confused or ashamed — which will happen to anyone traveling in such a crowd. I cannot tell you how many people are shipwrecked because their leader had fallen. The hero of their faith was found to have committed adultery, or their Pastor has stolen money from the church. They were looking for a “Hero,” but found a mere man.
Our maiden is still outside of everything that represents his flock, so she cries appealingly, “Where, after all, Lord, do you feed your flock and make your flock to rest — where can I find satisfaction? Mick Jaggar always told us that he ‘can‘t get no satisfaction,’ but where do I find it in you? Right now, I am searching for food and rest for my soul, but I cannot find them in the east or in the west. Should I get out Preacher so-and-so‘s tapes and listen to them again?
Spending all this time merely alongside the flocks of your companions has made me a poor wandering soul — ridiculed and criticized! They call me a ‘cruise-amatic’ because I keep going from church-to-church trying to find peace. All this time, I have been playing a big game, and now I need the real thing! Lord! Would you please tell me these things?”
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