He knows the way I take;
when he has tried me,
I will come out as gold
Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul . . .
My soul is with me like a weaned child.
Friends: How is your beloved better than others, most beautiful of women? How is your beloved better than others, that you charge us so?
Beloved: My lover is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.
The question now asked by the daughters of Jerusalem, “What is your beloved more than another?” stirs the maiden’s being. How can she describe him who is the radiance of God’s glory, the One who is the image of the invisible God? Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, she blurts out a vivid word-picture of him who made heaven and earth. This is a fresh vision of the Lord that has come to this one because she has followed on to know him, being made conformable to his death —Song 5:9-10
The daughters of Jerusalem, whether they represent professing Christians or true children of God, have evidently never had the Lord revealed to them or they would never have asked the faithful maiden, “How is your beloved better than others.“
In their eyes, the maiden is still the “fairest among women,“ and they do not at all understand the conflict and sorrow through which she has just passed. The have no conception of her anguish over the least unfaithfulness to God and of her fear to grieve him.
We can also see that this fear of hers, the fear that while on the path of her fellowship with his sufferings, her testimony of the Lord would be marred, was groundless. The daughters have seen his glory on her all the time. His beauty has been revealed through her brokenness. They have seen his humility revealed in her as she reflected him of whom it was written, “as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth“ (Isaiah 53:7). They had marveled at her faithfulness and wondered what it was in her Lord that could cause such devotion as this.
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To echo something Keith said, “I only want to build God’s Kingdom and see it increase, not my own. If someone writes a great poem no one praises the pencil they used, they praise the one who created the poem. Well, I’m just a pencil in the hands of the Lord. Don’t praise me, praise Him!”
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