LOVE BETTER THAN WINE
10 How fair is your love,
My sister, my spouse!
How much better than wine is your love,
And the scent of your perfumes
Than all spices!
SONG OF SOLOMON 4:10
In this passage, the bridegroom (Christ), is speaking about the preciousness of the love of his bride (the church). He is obviously delighted with the affections she is pouring out upon her spouse. In the same way, the Lord is delighted with the love of His children. He says that our love is better than wine.
Jonathan Edwards quoted this verse in one of his sermons in 1741. He said that this was true of Mary’s act of worship as she poured out her perfume from her broken, alabaster box. Edwards said that “the sweet ointment poured forth out of Mary’s box on the head of Christ, was a type of true divine grace and divine love flowing forth out of the heart of the true believer towards Jesus Christ.” What he was saying is that all true worship is us pouring back on Christ what we have received from Him. What have we received? All things that pertain to life and godliness. We have received an infusion of His incredible love, we have received Christ Himself. Our hearts have been filled to overflowing with the oil of gladness. Our hearts are bursting with His love. What is the outcome? Worship flowing out of our innermost being, our love being poured out on our Lord.
Actually, this is what Mary was doing, she was only returning a portion of this incredible love that she had received. Even though her actions seemed strange and were misunderstood, later they would all understand. After Pentecost, all of the disciples found themselves pouring out their love back on Christ. They received more than they thought possible as the Holy Spirit begin to pour down upon them from heaven. What was their response to this incredible filling? Why, it was the only possible recourse. They begin to pour out their love in worship to the Lord. They had also tasted the love that is better than wine, now their praise was like the fragrant aroma of Mary’s ointment, being returned to the Lord. What have you received from Him? If your heart is full, it is time to pour out your worship. Like Mary, you can begin to pour back upon the Lord a portion of His goodness that you have received.