Song 1:2 ¶ “May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine.
There is something special about that first kiss. I will never forget the first time I kissed Parris (for those who don’t know, Parris is my wife). From that moment on, I knew she was the one for me. In that brief moment I decided she would be my wife. At that time I was attending school in Michigan. The first thing I did was return to Michigan, pack my bags, and come back to NOLA. I knew my life was somehow meant to be here with my future wife.
In this song,Solomon talks about the power of the kiss. From the first time the bride had kissed Solomon, she was hopelessly in love, all she could think about was being with her lover. In this beautiful song, the Lord has given us an opportunity to look behind the veil and gaze into the life of intimacy the Lord has prepared for His sons and daughters.
I remember back in 1994, when the Lord began to visit our church, he began to bring an incredible new sense of intimacy into our services. This intimacy began to be expressed through the songs that we sang. One of those songs was called True Love by David Ruis. Here are some of the words from that song.
Jesus I need to know true love
Deeper than the love found on earth
Take me into the King’s chamber
Cause my love to mature
Let me know the kisses of Your mouth
Let me feel Your warm embrace
Let me smell the fragrance of Your touch
Let me see Your lovely face
Take me away with You
Even so, Lord, come
I love You Lord
I love You more than life
My heart, my flesh yearn for You, Lord
To love You is all I can do
You have become my sole passion
Cause my love to be true
“Let me know the kisses of your mouth”, I remember how controversial those words were when we first sang that song in our church. I think we even changed the words for awhile, and then went back to singing about kisses. You see kisses are the display of affection you have for another person. Solomon, singing about a divine kiss, communicates intimacy that may terrify some, but it expresses the very cry of our heart. All of us want to be loved, all of us want to be kissed. Until we experience this sense of intimacy with God, all we really have is a form of religion. The Lord is after our heart, He is after your deepest affections, He is after your kisses. All of the other things; the tithing, the singing of songs, teaching, praying, ministering to the poor; all of these things can be a smoke screen. Does He want us to do those things, absolutely. The difference is these things flow out of our affection for Him. One kiss from the Lord and life will be different, one kiss from Him and you will throw yourself into a life of service. you will serve Him gladly because of His great love for you. “Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth”.