1"How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are [like] doves behind your veil; Your hair is like a flock of goats That have descended from Mount Gilead.

Here the voice of Jesus singing over you! - He desires you - that is reality - he finds you enjoyable - beautiful even 

2"Your teeth are like a flock of [newly] shorn ewes Which have come up from [their] washing, All of which bear twins, And not one among them has lost her young.3"Your lips are like a scarlet thread, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate Behind your veil.

4"Your neck is like the tower of David, Built with rows of stones On which are hung a thousand shields, All the round shieldsof the mighty men.

5"Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle Which feed among the lilies.

There may be symbolic meanings here but I am not going into them now.  The point is that he knows every part of her.  He is familiar with everything about her AND HE ENJOYS every part of her.

we so often feel like there might be PART of us that God enjoys but that there are other realities in us he despises or wishes weren’t there.  Not the case.  He sees it all and he is delighted by it all.

 

6"Until the cool of the day When the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh And to the hill of frankincense.

The Lord comes to us to enjoy us.  He spends time thinking about us. He cherishes the time we spend together - the mountain of myrrh are our places of difficulty the hill of frankincense is our rejoicing.  In both our bad times and good he adores us and we bring him joy.

 

7"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.

We simply don’t believe he means this - how can he say that when we are so flawed???  

 

8"[Come] with me from Lebanon, [my] bride, May you come with me from Lebanon. Journey down from the summit of Amana,From the summit of Senir and Hermon, From the dens of lions, From the mountains of leopards.

9"You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, [my] bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single [glance] of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace.

WHAT? I have stirred the emotions of Him?  The Gen 1 God.  The bigger than the universe God?  My attention.  The gaze of my heart stirs the heart of the uncreated - help me believe this

 

10"How beautiful is your love, my sister, [my] bride! How much better is your love than wine, And the fragrance of your oilsThan all [kinds] of spices!

All things that are enjoyable -  my love is better - the overflows of my heart delight him.  He is 

 

11"Your lips, [my] bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

The fruit of my lips - my songs  - my prayers - they are sweet and refreshing to him - Lebanon was known for its cedar trees - the pine smell

 

12"A garden locked is my sister, [my] bride, A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.

ONLY for Him.  All my delights are ONLY for Him

13"Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates With choice fruits, henna with nard plants,

14Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, With all the trees of frankincense, Myrrh and aloes, along with all the finestspices.

15"[You are] a garden spring, A well of fresh water, And streams [flowing] from Lebanon."

All of the treasures of my heart belong to Him and him alone

 

16"Awake, O north [wind], And come, [wind of] the south; Make my garden breathe out [fragrance], Let its spices be waftedabroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits!"

A call to the Holy Spirit - bring me Jesus!  If he is delighted by me let me delight him. Let him kiss me.

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