We have come to the exact midpoint of the Song, and today I am struggling with words, because the few lines in this Song of all Songs that I want to share with you to day are a BIG DEAL.
From the beginning, I have taken the approach with this Song of Songs, that the Shepherd King represents Jesus, and the maiden is an individual believer.
The Song chronicles the progression of a life given to the following of the Shepherd and the pursuit of the King.
I don’t care too much how you refer to your relationship with Jesus, Christian, Follower, Servant, they all point to the same thing. If you are in Christ, you are in a relationship.
Let me be clear. A relationship is not a point in time. It is not a historical event. If, when pressed, your think of your Christianity as a that day as a child you repeated a prayer in Sunday School class, or the day you went forward at a Billy Graham crusade, well frankly, that’s like saying that your marriage is all about an “I do” and a big party.
Christianity, like marriage, is about a life together.
It started before you were even married, didn’t it?
We have seen in this Song of Songs, the maiden go from a distant admirer, to a dinner guest, to friend and confidant. We have seen a wedding. Assurances have been made, compliments paid. The groom has been doing some wooing. The Bride has been overwhelmed by the goodness and greatness of this Wonderful Man who want be hers.
But today our girl takes a huge step.
Right here – the exact center of the song – Center by chapter count – even center by verse count.
This is the day when everything changes.
In verse 12 through 15 her new Husband calls her a garden, and uses this language of a paradise prepared for Him – a wonderful place with all that water – fragrance in the air – fruit on the trees – berries in the bushes – savory spices and sweet perfumes – even healing balms.
Today however we see a turning point:
Awake, O north wind,
And come, wind of the south;
Make my garden breathe out fragrance,
Let its spices be wafted abroad.
May my Beloved come into His garden
And eat its choice fruits!
Song of Songs 4:16 NASB
We find a striking change of ownership here.
“Make my garden” … “May my Beloved come into His garden”
She has come to a day when she gives her garden, her inner life, over to Him lock stock and barrel.
It’s not that she was not committed before this. It’s not that she didn’t trust Him before this. It’s not that they were not married before this.
She has simply come to a place in her relationship with Her Lover where she can say – I am Your’s completely, I hold nothing back.
The make up of the garden spans the fullness of inner life.
She turns over the ownership of her life completely to Him.
Any of you who are married know that this is not the same thing as standing up and reciting your vows. Your vows may cover this ‘giving of yourself’ in language, but even in a western marriage where there has been courting and friendship before that day, and far more so in an eastern or arranged marriage where the children were promised without their consent, this change of ownership does not happen in any real way until there is some life together, and trust has a chance to grow.
And so it is with our faith walk. You may have ‘given your life to the Lord’ a dozen years ago, but there is a day, when you have been walking in covenant with the Lord, walking in a community of believers, and you are taken by His great faithfulness, you are overwhelmed by His great love, and your souls cries out
Lord, I give you my heart,
I give you my soul,
I live for you alone.
Every breath that I take,
Every moment I’m awake,
Lord, Have your way in me.
There are those who argue in the Church about whether I get everything Christ has to offer when I become a believer, or whether there is a Second blessing. That is not what I am talking about today. That whole argument seems a little man centric.
Rather than worry about what you get out of your relationship with God today, I want you to think about what He gets.
He bought us with His blood, yet we are consumed with what WE get. He paid the price, what are you willing to give Him? [Tweet This]
Today is His day. It’s His day to receive His miracle! Today is the day that He wants to see you turn over the keys to your garden and hang His name on the gate.
This garden belongs to Jesus.
Until then, I remain,
your brother Ben