The King Gives Her Rest
Our maiden has now entered into a time of rest with her beloved.
He sees the daughters ready to intrude. They will try to stir up this maiden, when the word of the King is for rest (Song 2:7).
These daughters may typify other believers who do not understand spiritual fellowship with the Lord. They have a name to live and yet are dead. They form a group who are very concerned about the one who is following on to know the Lord. They do not know how fully she is in his keeping, because he becomes a very jealous watchman over those he has bought with his blood.
Since the beginning when she said, “Draw me, we will run after you,” he has tested her surrender, and shown her more clearly the conditions of unity with his resurrected life. Everyone is now convinced of her steadfastness in purpose to follow on to know the Lord. There is a fixity (I love that word) of her will that will enable him to lead her through even deeper testing. It will come without the delay of reasoning, rebellion, or hesitation.
He will lead her gently. He understands her need for some rest now. “He knows how we are formed; he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). She is able to rest on his faithfulness, in the “assurance of understanding” (Colossians 2:2) that he now lives in her heart, that she will be strengthened in his own time to hear his voice calling her to arise and follow on, so that she may be “filled to all the fullness of God.” So the King speaks on her behalf to the anxious daughters, and forbids them to disturb her peace, as if he is saying to them, “The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him” (Habakkuk 2:20). “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved” (Psalm 46:5).
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you . . .
do not stir up, nor awaken love until she desires
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