Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them has lost its young. Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil. Your neck is like the tower of David, built in rows of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors. Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that graze among the lilies. Until the day breathes and the shadows flee, I will go away to the mountain of myrrh and the hill of frankincense. You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; come with me from Lebanon. Depart from the peak of Amana, from the peak of Senir and Hermon, from the dens of lions, from the mountains of leopards.
What I found: Every element of her is beautiful. She is flawless. That’s usually not how we think of ourselves, is it? We often don’t see the beauty; we see frizzy hair, or not-white-enough teeth, or squishy tummies, things we consider to be our flaws. Has is ever occurred to you that God loves those things about you, too? He created you to look the way you do, didn’t He? He does everything for a reason, and that includes your appearance. He’s the best kind of artist; He put love and care into every part of you when He created you. I’m sure that you felt good in His hands as He formed you, that He smiled bigger with each added detail. When you were born, He adored you and called you very good. As you grew, He watched you blossom uniquely amid everyone else. Like we read earlier in Song of Songs 2:2, He sees you as a lily among the brambles, a stand-out. He sees you and thinks, “I adore this girl; watch out, world, she is all mine!” He loves your hair, your teeth, your tummy, everything about you. As you could see in our passage, He even likes your neck! I don’t tend to adore people’s necks, I don’t really notice them, but He does! That’s because God is the only one not blinded by sin. He sees things the way they really are, and He sees nothing but BEAUTY in you! You are His treasure. Because of that, He wants you to be kept clean, safe, and lovely. He doesn’t want anything to taint the beauty you have, inside or out. He wants you to leave the things that rub their dirt on you, those dangerous places, and to go with Him. This isn’t an outlandish request; He just shared with you the reason, that He adores you! He’s trying to save you, but you have to go with Him. You have to be willing to leave behind the things He asks you to. Remember that He doesn’t ask for no reason; these are the things that are ruining you. You’re afraid to lose them, but when you leave them behind is when He gives you what you were looking for. I think when everything is “right” with our own little worlds, we are the easiest target for the enemy because we aren’t paying as much attention (plus, we have joy, which he hates). Jesus warns us to be on guard, to keep following Him, or we’ll get lost. Are you in that place now? What area might be close to an attack that Jesus is trying to expose to you? Keep your eyes on Him, and be sure that He will never take His eyes off of you.
What did you find in our passage today?
By the way, remember not to feel awkward about reading some of these parts of the Song of Songs! He is your husband AND Father; this is completely pure.