He pastures his flock among the lilies. ~ Song of Songs 2:16
Earlier in the Song our Maiden asked the Shepherd King where He pastured His flock, and He gave her some specific instructions.
Today, she has learned something specific about Him, and I think you are going to love it.
Let’s talk about the lily. The lily points to purity and beauty.
Jesus speaks of this purity in the Sermon on the Mount when he compares the lilies of the field to Solomon.
Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. ~ Matthew 6:28-29
His first instruction about where He feeds his sheep had to do with finding community, basically follow the sheep prints down the trail to where my shepherd helpers keep the flocks and hang with them there.
We saw at the beginning of Chapter 2 that she was realizing her own purity before the Lord. Her self-perception has shifted from dark but lovely, to I am a lily of the valley.
O Church, you need to hear this. Because of the blood of Christ, and His work in you, you are no longer the dark but lovely maiden; you are the lily of the valley, the rose of Sharon in His eyes. Your passion for Him translates to true purity. Your hunger and thirst for righteousness translates to a deep mercy and a completely satisfied pure heart.
So where does He feed His flock? Among the lilies. Notice we have moved from a lily to lilies. You are His passion-flower, but there are others. There are other pure lilies in the field, and passion for Him draws them together, where they feed at His wonderful table.
Sometimes that feeding is in His chamber; some times it is in the presence of your enemies.
The idea here is that those who love Him will grow in their passion and purity as they band together.
You say, how will I find those of like passion?
Let your passion show, and it will draw others.
Let your passion show!
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