Our maiden’s pursuit of the Shepherd King culminates in this:
Then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.
Song of Songs 8:10 NASB
This word shows up 242 times in the Old Testament, and it’s way bigger than our word peace.
Here’s what you’ll find over at BlueLetterBible.org
Charles Stock, pastor of Life Center in Harrisburg, PA, sums it up this way:
“Nothing missing, nothing broken.”
I love that!
In the Song this word only shows up one time.
Our dear Shulamite was looking for romance.
May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine. – Song of Songs 1:2
She sought adventure.
Draw me after you and let us run together!
In the end, what she finds is peace.
Like may of us, in her youth, she thought she knew what she wanted. Her pursuit was not unwise. After all, the object of her love turned out to be the Prince of Peace. The adventure she ran after brought her to the place where she appeared to be an army with banners. She is the victorious bride—vanquisher (far more than a conqueror) of the realm. The life she was pursuing was so filled with adventure, she shied away at first. And still, when she set aside her fear and followed Him with all her heart—into the hills and mountains—out of the comfort of the quiet place—she found shalom—peace.
Her life is quite a contrast to my generation who cried out, “I can’t get no satisfaction.”
In fact, just as Jesus promised in the Beatitudes,
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be [completely] satisfied. – Matthew 5:6 NASB [AMP]
Some of us seek peace by shrinking back, by pulling away from conflict, by sitting on the sidelines.
Our maiden learned that the only way to find true peace is to follow Him—Jesus—with your whole heart—to go all in on life in the Spirit. There’s no other path to peace.