Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Praying Through God’s Word: Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon 1:1-17
Lord, You’ve called us to be the Bride of Christ: “a pure Bride”, a Bride beautifully dressed” for our Saviour – “the Bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Ephesians 5:25-33; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2,9). May we hear the voice of Jesus, saying to us, “You are beautiful, my love.” May we worship Him: “You are beautiful, my Beloved, truly lovely” (Song of Solomon 1:15-16).

Song of Solomon 2:1-17
We thank You, Lord, that Jesus comes to us in love: “the voice of my Beloved! Look! Here He comes” (Song of Solomon 2:8). We thank You that He calls us to come to Him: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away” (Song of Solomon 2:10). He calls us to belong to Him – to have the assurance of salvation, which has this joyful testimony: “My Beloved is mine, and I am His” (Song of Solomon 2:16). Help us, Lord, to receive the love of Jesus, and to rejoice in His love.

Song of Solomon 3:1-4:8
We thank You, Lord, that Jesus says to us, “Seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7). When we have found Him, may we say, with joy, “I found Him whom my soul loves – my true love” (Song of Solomon 3:4). What, Lord, does it mean to find Jesus? It means that He found us. Before we ever thought of seeking for Him, He came seeking for us. Before we ever thought of loving Him, He loved us: “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). Before we can say, “Hallelujah! I have found Him”, He finds us: “I once was lost, but now am found.”
Song of Solomon 4:9-5:16
There are times, Lord, when You come very near to us. We pray, “Let my Beloved come to His garden” (Song of Solomon 4:16). You answer, “I come to My garden … My Bride” (Song of Solomon 5:1). There are times when You seem to be far away from us: “I opened to my Beloved, but my Beloved had turned and gone” (Song of Solomon 5:6). What, Lord, we are to do when Your presence does not seem so real to us? Help us to remember the great promise that comes to us from the risen Christ: “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Help us to hold on to this promise, believing that the times of blessing will return: “His speech is sweet; He is altogether lovely … my Beloved … my Friend” (Song of Solomon 5:16).
Song of Solomon 6:1-7:9
“You are beautiful … How beautiful you are” (Song of Solomon 6:4; 7:6). We wonder, Lord, how You can possibly see any beauty in us? we are sinners – “We have all strayed like sheep. Each one of us has turned to his own way.” We thank You, Lord, that Christ died for sinners: “the Lord laid all our sins on Him” (Isaiah 53:6). When You look upon us, You do not see our sin. You see our Saviour, Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. When You look at us, this is what You see: “The blood of Jesus, Your Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). This, Lord, is the beauty You see – the beauty of Jesus, our Saviour.

Song of Solomon 7:10-8:14
“Love is as strong as death … It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it” (Song of Solomon 7:6-7). We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39(. We can never earn Your love: “If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned” (Song of Solomon 8:7). Your love is always Your gift to us. May Your love burn, in our hearts, “like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame” – a fire that burns up our dross, a refining fire that purifies us, a flame that burns for Your glory.

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