Cheeky! SoS Saturdays

“Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of beads.” (Song of Songs 1:10 NASB)

As we look at the Shepherd King’s[i] words toward our maiden fair we are going to see Him use dozens of word pictures. Last week we looked at an example of an image from nature, this week we see Him muse about her appearance.

He will get pretty explicit as the song goes on, and I will attempt to make some sense of how it applies to the believer’s life.

Today we look at cheeks.

What good are cheeks?

Read the Cheeks!

Read the Cheeks!

They are like the emotional thermometer God has installed in each one of us. They rise and fall with our moods, and flush and pale with our passions.

Emotions are a funny thing in the church. For many years, centuries perhaps the church has frowned upon any display of emotion. I can remember as a 20 something singing a song in church where the lyrics said “I life my hands up, unto Thy name” and looking around to see 8 hands in the air, in a room of 150 people.

We, the Church, have a limited view of God’s emotions as well. We have a God who is happy and smiling the day we repent and come to Him, and then angry with us every day after that, because we are not walking in complete submission to His will.

This is messed up.

God created us with a broad range of emotions and passions, and they are intended to bring the most out of our lives. There are ways to experience each emotion God has given, in a way that pleases Him.

When He looks at our cheeks he is pleased. When we look on Him, He sees the flush of our excitement to be in His presence, and our passion for Him and His will for us.

What about these ornaments?

Ornaments are adornments made for us by skilled artisans to bring out the beauty in our cheeks.

This may sound crazy, but I believe one adornment is worship. When we worship the Lord we engage our emotions, and take the skillful work of others – Poets, Songwriters, Musicians, Artists – and let it bring out the beauty in our emotion. We let our emotions do that for which they were created – bring Glory to Jesus.

Does that make sense?

I know it helps me.

BenThanks for stopping in.

See you next week.

Ben

Hey – stop in and see my blog – Another Red Letter Day


[i] For the purposes of this series the Shepherd King represents Jesus in our reading of the Song, and the maiden is the individual believer. You can see the discussion on this in my earlier post – “Interpretation – Song of Songs Saturday

About Ben Nelson

Jesus Lover, grandfather, husband, dad, worshipper, author, preacher. I love to see people activated in what God has created them to be.
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5 Responses to Cheeky! SoS Saturdays

  1. Pingback: » Cheeky! SoS Saturdays | ChristianBlessings

  2. ptl2010 says:

    As we lift our hearts and hands in praise, let us worship Him with all that we are and have. For He sees us as we are and is greatly pleased when we give Him our whole hearted vs distracted attention. Let us have ruddy cheeks as David did and not reflect the pallour of Saul.

  3. 4hispraise says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Our “gifts” are what God intended for us to use. The may in fact be the best way for us to reveal our true selves.

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