O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs—Song of Solomon 2:14
Does it seem like your life is under a constant siege? The world can be a scary and sometimes dangerous place. Political upheaval, economic mayhem, catastrophic predictions, it can be quite overwhelming. As Christians, we don’t have some magic wand or secret formula to make everything better. What we do have is something even more wonderful. We have a place of shelter that protects us and satisfies us in the midst of the worst of storms. Solomon describes it as the clefts of the rock. This rock is Christ and the clefts are His wounds. He was wounded for my transgressions and the chastisement on Him brings me peace. Hidden away in the death of Christ, soaring with Him to the heavenly places, this is my refuge and my very present help in times of need. Here are some powerful thoughts from A.B. Simpson on today’s verse.
“The dove is in the cleft of the rock-the riven side of our Lord. There is comfort and security there. It is also in the secret places of the stairs. It loves to build its nest in the high towers to which men mount by winding stairs for hundreds of feet above the ground. What a glorious vision is there obtained of the surrounding scenery. It is a picture of ascending life. To reach our highest altitudes we must find the secret places of the stairs. That is the only way to rise above the natural plane. Our lives should be ones of quiet mounting with occasional resting places; but we should be mounting higher, step by step. Not everyone finds this way of secret ascent. It is only for God’s chosen. The world may think we are going down. We may not have as much public work to do as formerly. Blessed are the poor in spirit. It is a secret, hidden life. We may be hardly aware that we are growing, until one day a test comes and we find we are established.”
So are you surrounded by the clamoring and striving of the world and its issues? Let’s go to the secret place of the stairs. We climb these stairs as we turn our affections toward Christ. Every step we take, the noise of the world seems further away. We are taking our place, seated in heavenly places in Christ.