The Maiden’s Rest and The Beloved’s Care

The maiden, out of touch, no sooner cried out for her resting place than she found herself as a babe in the Everlasting Arms! As the mother hears the faintest cry of her child, so the Well-Beloved responded, “Here I am,” to his purchased one (Isaiah 58:9). While she struggled and said, “I would, I, I,” he was obliged to wait to be gracious; but her first helpless cry after his heart, and his upholding power, brought her into rest.

When the believer in union with the Lord is conscious of the least cloud, a quiet turning to the Father’s heart and a restful dependence on the blood of sprinkling which forever speaks on the mercy seat within the veil, is the only way into step again. “If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice” (I John 2:1-2).

The hidden one at rest will be cared for by her Lord. He speaks again to the daughters of Jerusalem and bids them leave his redeemed one to his care.

At each stage of the divine life, the daughters seem to need his instructions. The sons of the prophets came to Elisha at every point where he took a new step forward in following Elijah — until at last they stood “afar off” to watch the consequences of such a persistent walk. So these daughters seem to come to the maiden in the Song of Songs. Maybe they had something to do with her recent experience and so required this renewed charge from the Lord.

They may have seen her in fresh activity in the vineyard, saw her as a Spirit-equipped worker, and pressed on her to go here and there — not knowing that she was still as empty and useless as she ever had been when out of his will. If she listens to their voices, she would soon go beyond her measure of grace. However great the need or important the call, of what use if her going, unless he sends her?

The daughters who try to stir up to service other God-possessed souls, are a serious source of danger at every stage of experience. They are not disposed to keep their hands off at any time! Therefore, the Well-Beloved asks them why they should seek to stir up the soul that is in his hands. His love that now fills and constrains her will awaken and impel her forward in the path of his will whensoever he wants, because he will work in her both to will and to do his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

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