“Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.” Song of Songs 8:14 (NIV)
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We embarked on this journey into the book of Song of Songs by looking at the beginning of Solomon and Shulamites relationship. Do you remember the words of Shulamite that introduced the first chapter of this book? “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – for your love is more delightful than wine.”
In the final verse of the book of Song of Songs Shulamite once again is the one initiating the romance as she says, “come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.”
This book has been about the romancing of us towards God. I know that for me, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and have taken a tentative step towards God in an act of pursuit and passion. It was scary, I had to face the fear of rejection, the weight of unworthiness and the risk of looking foolish.
The love has not diminished between Solomon and Shulamite. It is vital to me that the intimacy with God that I have gained thru studying the book of Song of Songs does not diminish either.
How can we keep the flames of love going in our relationship with God? What can we do to keep love fresh in this relationship?
One possible way to do this might be to write God a love letter, we can skip all the fancy words and just write it in our own voice if we want to. After we write the letter, let’s tuck it into our bible and from time to time take it out and read it to God.
Heavenly Father, we ask you to fill our heart with even greater passion for You and we pray that we would see the love letters you have left for us in our everyday life, in nature and in our relationships with others. Let us never stop pursuing You or feeling Your passion for us. Amen