“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – for your love is more delightful than wine.” Song of Songs 1:2
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The Song of Songs has three main characters: a girl (She), Solomon (He) and Friends. It is a love story between Solomon and “the Shulammite Woman” as I will refer to from here out simply as Shulammite.
This is not only their love story, but ours as well. It is a picture of God’s love for us, His people.
Shulammite opens the scene with a pretty brave move, “Let him kiss me,” she says. I am pretty sure that I could not have been that open and uninhibited with my passion at the beginning! But was she wrong? Was that inappropriate? Remember, this is a picture of our love story also. Let’s look at a couple of other stories from the Bible before we answer those questions.
Turn to Mark 10:13-16 (click for link to text) and read the story of Jesus Blessing the children. As the children ran up to Jesus, the disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me!”. He goes on to say, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
What if next Sunday, we ran with abandonment, arms flying, feet going as fast as they can, hair falling in our eyes, laughter escaping from our lips and ran across the church parking lot and burst thru the front doors of church, ready to meet Jesus?
Do you remember how excited you were when you first met Jesus, whether as a child or more recent? Do you still approach Him with that same excitement in your heart? Do you still run to the throne with abandonment?
Let’s look at one more story, the story of David dancing in the streets. Let’s turn to 2 Samuel 6:12-23 (click for link to text). In verse 14 it say’s “David was dancing before the Lord with all his might”. With all his might, I wonder what that looked like? I am imagining a scene like this (David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street), sorry, I just had to go there.
Anyway, David’s dance scene did not go unnoticed! His wife Michal was watching from the window and was not impressed, most likely she was embarrassed by his actions. The bible says, “she despised him in her heart.” She goes on to confront him and asks him why the King of Israel would disgrace himself by dancing around, half naked, in front of his servants!?!
David defended himself to Michal by saying that his dancing was not for show – but for the Lord. He goes on to disclose, that he plans to continue to celebrate before the Lord, becoming even more undignified and he has no intentions of feeling humiliated.
I really don’t think that David is trying to pick a fight with Michal, he just cannot contain his excitement or love for the Lord and this is how he demonstrates it. Let’s remember that David is known by the Lord as a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).
Have you ever experienced the kind of response David got from Michal? Ever been embarrassed by your response to God’s love?
A few weeks ago, I started journaling some of my feelings of love towards God – then put some of them up on my blog, under the heading “Love Letters to God”. Immediately, I started feeling embarrassed by my actions, by my responses to God and started to worry about what others, about what you, my readers, friends and family, would think. How foolish I must look; how immature I was acting! But then I remembered, my love letters are not for “show”, but for God and knew that God would honor my actions.
It is in our vulnerability that God’s love can shine through.
So, looking back on chapter 1 of Song of Songs, what do you think of Shulammite’s actions now? Was she too brazen in her love?