There were probably others listening to the description of the Prince‟s Daughter as being in union with the Lord and a fellow-worker with him.
One listener, moved with desire for the same fellowship with the Lord, breaks out with the words, “I will climb the palm tree.” No, my eager friend, that is not the way. You must first climb “down.” You say, “I will take hold of the branches.” No! Of what use can that be? Why take hold of the branch when you can have the sap — the divine life that flows freely through the Lord’s palm tree?
Many of taken hold of the Lord’s palm trees, and hung on them. But put to the test, they show that they know little about the solitary walk with the Well-Beloved through the valley of the shadow of death, into the calm of the life with Christ in God.
Alas for the climbers in the day when God will shake all things, that those “things which cannot be shaken remain” (Hebrews 12:27).
“Oh seeking soul, it is well that you desire a like fellowship and conformity to the image of the Well-Beloved, such as you see in this possessed ones; but you must go ‘solitary‘ (Numbers 23:3), and yield wholly to him with fixity of heart to follow Him wherever He goes — and then you shall know the Lord” (Jessie Penn-Lewis, The Hidden Ones).
“Okay — so be it,” the eager heart replies, as she turns to the Shulamite and speaks to her.
“May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, and your mouth like the best wine that flows gently over lips and teeth, causing the lips of those who are asleep to speak” (Song 7:8-9)
It is almost as if she were saying, “Let your capacity increase as you pour out draughts of life from the well-stored within you, to those in need. And let him find an abundance of fruit on you, even as the clusters of the vine.
Let your scent in the fear of the Lord grow stronger and stronger, even as the smell of apples — as the scent of your Well-Beloved, whom you compared to an apple tree among the trees of the woods.
Let your taste for the new wine of the Kingdom, the best wine kept even until now, be every sensitive and true. That way your lips will be inspired to speak as your are in the deep rest of God, asleep, as it were, to everything but him, who is your strength.”
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