The King of Glory

He knows the way I take;
When he has tried me,
I will come out as gold
–Job 23:10


Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul . . .
My soul is with
me like a weaned child
–Psalm 31:2

Beloved: My lover is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand. His head is purest gold; his hair is wavy and black as a raven.

His eyes are like doves by the water streams, washed by milk, mounted like jewels. His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh. His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh.

His hands are rods of gold rings set with beryl. His body is like polished ivory decorated with sapphires. His legs are pillars of alabaster set on pedestals of pure gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as its cedars.

His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Friends: Where has your lover gone, most beautiful of women? Which way did your lover turn, that we may look for him with you?

Beloved: My lover has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens and to gather lilies. I am my lover’s and my lover is mine; he browses among the lilies.

Lover: You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling, As lovely as Jerusalem, As awesome as an army with banners —Song 5:10-6:4

He is a standard bearer for all who will follow the Lamb and be conformed to his likeness — The Chief among ten thousand, the Firstborn among many brothers.

The faithful maiden seems at a loss for words to describe her Well-Beloved, so she gathers together all that she can conceive of in human beauty to depict her glorious Lord.

He is the one in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form; “His head had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth“ 208 (Revelations 5:6).

He is the One in whom is centered the sevenfold vision and power of God the Holy Spirit. So “His eyes are like doves, sitting by full streams“ (Song 5:12). He is the One through whose merits alone, cause the prayers of all God’s people to be accepted by the Father. The prayers rise like the scent of incense compounded by sweet spices, “His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume“ (Song 5:13).

His words are spirit and life, every word is pure—so, “His lips are like lilies, dripping with myrrh“ (Song 5:13).

His hand symbolizes his power in action — the right hand of the Lord does valiantly — therefore to his helpless one “His hands are as gold“ (Song 5:14), wholly divine in their skillful working.

His body was prepared by his Father to be his tabernacle on earth and is compared to Solomon’s throne made of ivory. “His body is like polished ivory decorated with sapphires“ (Song 5:14).

She sees him standing with legs as pillars of marble set on bases of pure gold, and describes his whole being as majestic and glorious. “Yes,“ the maiden proclaims, “he is altogether lovely—the whole of him delights and is precious“ (Song 5:16).

The hidden one sees as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, as she is constantly being transformed into his very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another and exclaims, “This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!“ (Song 5:16)

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