KISS ME AGAIN
Song 1:2 -4 ¶ Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this is especially true when you are speaking of spiritual beauty. To some people, to talk about Jesus is something that is at best, boring. To others, you might say that the conversation is awkward. For others, it is the most mesmerizing and significant topic of all, because Jesus has become to them “Altogether lovely”. One of Jonathan Edwards favorite books in the Bible was the Song of Songs, to him, it was an incredible description of the loveliness of Christ. here are some of his observations on the Song of Solomon.
“The words seemed to me sweetly to represent the loveliness and beauty of Jesus Christ. The whole book of Canticles used to be pleasant to me, and I used to be much in reading it, and found from time to time an inward sweetness, that would carry me away in my contemplations. This I know not how to express otherwise, than by a calm, sweet abstraction of soul from all the concerns of this world; and sometimes a kind of vision, or fixed ideas and imaginations, of being alone in the mountains, or some solitary wilderness, far from all mankind, sweetly conversing with Christ, and wrapt and swallowed up in God. The sense I had of divine things, would often all of a sudden kindle up, as it were, a sweet burning in my heart, an ardour of soul, that I know not how to express.”
We save our kisses for the ones we love. Solomon is speaking of his love for the Shulamite, while the Holy Spirit is speaking of Christ’s love for His church. This book goes to the very core of true spirituality and to the core of our greatest need. We were created with a need to be loved, but not just any love will do for us. In the depths of all of our hearts is a cry for intimacy, intimacy with God. When we become aware of God’s great love for us and then began to respond, something begins to awaken in the depths of our soul. Suddenly we become aware of why we exist, we were made for love. We were made to love and to be loved by God. Suddenly, you find yourself agreeing with Jonathan Edwards, you find yourself caught away to those mountains of spices, totally swallowed up by God.