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The Wedding

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Bible Verse:  “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes.”  Song of Songs 4:9

Song:  Dance with Me – Jesus Culture

By clicking the above song title, you will be directed to a video of our worship song for today.  Hope you enjoy this song selected specifically to go along with our devotion!

Today we are looking at Song of Songs Chapter 4.  It is wedding day for Solomon and Shulammite!  This is an intimate chapter, it talks about the anticipation of the wedding night. Before when I said that I would blush when I read this book, this chapter is the main reason why.

I understand how the book of Song of Songs is a picture for what God wants in our marriages.  But when I think about the most intimate part of marriage, the pinnacle moment in our relationship with our spouse, where we feel the most connected and intimate, I struggle with comparing that to an even more intimate relationship with God.

Intimacy is scary for me.  Intimacy means knowing someone at the deepest level.  In intimacy there is no space for the unknown.  It is the place where the unknown becomes known.  It is the place where two become one.

Here is my struggle in this:  God knows my deepest, darkest, truest desires, all my thoughts, all my fears.  He knows the part of me that NO ONE else knows.  Most day’s, I don’t even acknowledge these parts in myself!  God see’s it all, there is NOTHING unknown to Him and yet, He desires me, yes me.

In our verse for today, Solomon is saying to his bride that she has stolen his heart with one glance.  God is smitten with us.  We have stolen His heart with just one glance.

Take a minute to look at Psalm 45 (link to chapter).  This is a poem to the King, probably King Solomon, on his wedding day, but it is also a prophesy about God and His Bride, the church.   Let’s talk about verse 11 for just a minute.  It says: “Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.”

Let’s ask ourselves these questions (From Lisa Harper’s Bible Study, Perfect Love):  How might you be standing in the way of God enjoying your beauty?  What do you need to do differently to “let the King be enthralled” with you?

As an exercise in feeling more intimate with God, pop over to the link for our worship song for today, listen to it and then sing it back to the Lord.

Finally, we end today’s devotion by praying through Psalm 63, using the Lord’s own words to thank Him for the intimate love he desires from us, warts, fears, ugly truths and all.

Heavenly Father, you are my God and I earnestly seek you; I thirst and long for you; I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory; your love is better than life and my lips glorify you; I will praise you as long as I live; in your name I lift up my hands; you satisfy me more than the richest of foods; my lips sing your praises; I dream of you through the night; you alone are my help; I cling to you and your right hand upholds me.  Amen

 

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