DRINK YOUR FILL
I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love!
Song of Solomon 5:1
Solomon’s Song is filled with the language of drinking and of love. Now this is not the kind of drinking you might be thinking of, Solomon is talking about another kind of drinking. This Song of Songs is speaking of spiritual drinking. You may not be familiar with this kind of drinking, this is what Jesus described in John 7, “If any one is thirsty, let him come unto Me and drink”. This is the drinking of spiritual intimacy. This spiritual intimacy flows from the throne of our glorified Savior and is available for anyone who is thirsty.
Now in the natural world, there are limitations placed on drinking. There may be cultural limitations, or governmental regulations (such as drinking and driving), or establishment limitations on excessive drinking. Spiritual drinking has no such limitations, because the results of “excessive” spiritual drinking are actually quite beneficial. The KJV version brings out Solomon”s acceptance, actually his encouragement, of drinking large quantities of this heavenly drink.
“I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.”
Song of Solomon 5:1 KJV
Drink abundantly, actually this literally means drink until you are intoxicated. This is describing the effects of drinking, coming under the influence of His heavenly affection. When you come under this kind of influence, all sorts of good things can happen. What kinds of things? A strange kind of attraction and love for Jesus is the first and greatest effect of this influence. Also, there is changed behavior; kindness, gentleness, love, joy, peace and all sorts of internal changes to our lives. Healings, physical and emotional, are also connected to spiritual drinking.
So what is the conclusion? Drink your fill of His love. Drink abundantly, don’t hold back. Drink until you are drunk with love. Join into this new life of love, remember, there are no limitations. Drink your fill of the Savior’s cup.