If you are like me, you have probably sung worship songs that call Jesus the “Rose of Sharon.” There are those who consider this verse to come from the Shepherd Kings voice.
Nevertheless, I believe this is actually our maiden speaking here.
I am the rose of Sharon, The lily of the valleys. (Song of Songs 2:1)
For the second time our maiden speaks about herself.
The first time she made a declaration of who she was back in Song 1:5 she said she was “Dark but beautiful.” Dark because of the effects of living “under the sun,” in the world’s system, beautiful through what the Lord was doing inside her.
Here we see her declaration has altered. As she hears the words of her Savior over her life, her own perspective of herself is shifting.
We have these beautiful flowering bush/tree plants in our yard. They are called “Rose of Sharon,” but I don’t actually think this is what she is calling herself today.
She is talking about a rose from a place called Sharon. Below is a description of this land called Sharon from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia:
(1) This name is attached to the strip of fairly level land which runs between the mountains and the shore of the Mediterranean, stretching from Nahr Ruben in the South to Mt. Carmel in the North. There are considerable rolling hills; but, compared with the mountains to the East, it is quite properly described as a plain. The soil is a deep rich loam, which is favorable to the growth of cereals. The orange, the vine and the olive grow to great perfection. When the many-colored flowers are in bloom it is a scene of rare beauty. (See More Here)
Now when she looks in the mirror she sees the rare beauty she has become. And what brought her to this place of unmatched beauty? It was the loving words and care of this Shepherd King.
The Rose is like the international symbol for Love. She no longer views herself as alone. She is one who is in love, and has a lover. It changes your whole perspective. When you are in love, you can’t feel like a loser. You are on top of your game.
Next she says she is a lily of the valley. Again, I believe she is talking about a lily growing in the valley rather those beautiful spring surprises that pop up along my driveway every April.
A lily speaks of purity, and her lover chimes in with:
Like a lily among the thorns, So is my darling among the maidens. (Song 2:2 NASB)
He sees her purity, and points out that it separates her from her peers. She no longer is one of the many grey and dusty “tents of Kedar” (1:5)
Ben, what does all this have to do with me?
When we get up close to Jesus, we can hear His words over us, and we begin to get His perspective on our “all things new” life.
This is a huge reason we need to become worshipers.
I recently heard Kris Vallotton say: (I paraphrase here)
- Thanksgiving revels in the things the Lord has done for us.
- Praise revels in the who the Lord is.
- Worship revels in the presence of the Lord.
This last one, a response to the Lord’s call in Psalm 27:8 “Seek My face” is where we begin to see what the Lord is doing in us.
Sometimes Christians get hung up on how much work the Lord has left to do, and we beat ourselves up. But spending time in the presence of the Beautiful One will open our eyes to the beauty He is creating in us.
And not just beauty (rose) but even purity (lily.) His intention is not for us to feel like failures unable to ever conquer our temptations, but as we press into intimacy with Jesus, we gain the ability to walk as He walked.
See you next week.