God Loves You Very Much
“Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove's eyes behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, Going down from Mount Gilead. ...You are all fair, my love, And there is no spot in you.” - Song of Solomon 4:1-7 If you want to hear how much God loves you, read the Song of Solomon--out loud. On one level it is a literal love story between a king and a shepherd girl. On another level, it is a poetic allegory of God’s love for us.
As you read, pay close attention and think, “This is how the Lord sees me.”
When I first pictured Solomon, the author of this book, saying these words to his love, the Shulamite girl, I thought, well, “dove’s eyes” isn’t a bad start. The dove symbolized peace, tranquility, and quiet beauty.
Then I tried the next line on my wife: “Your hair is like a flock of goats...” Something got lost in the translation. It didn’t quite have the desired affect.
But in the cultural context of this shepherd girl, he had adorned her with praise, because a flock of goats represented bountiful prosperity. By the time he finished, he had praised her from the top of her head to her beautiful feet, telling her how much he loved and treasured her, and that in his eyes, she was perfect —“no spot.”
Do you believe—I mean truly believe—that the Lord loves you? Do you comprehend His passion for you and His desire to bless you?
At first the Shulamite girl resisted, saying, “Do not look upon me...” She felt unworthy of such love.
No one is worthy of being loved by a holy God who also happens to be the King of the Universe, the Master of all Creation. But He still asks us to accept His love. While we see ourselves as wretched...or, sufficient unto ourselves...or incapable of comprehending such great love, He looks upon us and says, “I have washed away that wretchedness with my blood...I am here to comfort you when all else fails...and the more you let Me bless you, the more you will understand.”
What bothers me most is when someone reads the Bible and misses the greatest truth of all—that God’s Word is a love story, from beginning to end.
As Soren Kierkegaard said, “When you read God’s Word, you, must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘it is talking to me and about me.’”
[Photo: Ron Loveday, CreationSwap]