YAHSHUA, when on earth, expressed His desire for His nation to listen to Him; He yearned to gather them together around Him! But Israel rejected Him, instead, and handled Him to be killed, a death of crucifixion. But YAHSHUA’S death brought life to all who will accept His gift of life. In that relationship, His church was born, and was given the tittle of the Bride of Christ. His desire is the same for His bride as it was for Israel. He calls us individually by name and longs for us to know Him through a close relationship with Him. His love demonstrated by giving His life for His bride, was an unmeasurable love deserving of reciprocation. He desires our inner beauty, so He gave us His Holy Spirit to live in us to sanctify us continuously, that He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things (Eph. 5:27). This should be the believers’ way of life always, as it was Mary’s whose priority was to sit at the feet of her Savior; nothing was more important to her than to stop all to listen to Him. She was the picture of a faithful bride of Christ today, who loves Him more than anybody or things.
Song of songs expresses an ought to be beautiful relationship between Christ and His bride. It shows YAHSHUA’S love for her and His desire to have her with Him: My beloved speaks and says to me, rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is hear on the land, the fig tree puts forth and ripens her green figs, and the vines are in blossom and give forth their fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away (Son of Solomon 2:10-13). This bridegroom’s beautiful invitation to be alone with Him, is not to be ignored by His bride. Time and time again, He calls us to fellowship with Him, to sit under His wings and experience His love and faithfulness, to know that He is our song in the stormy night, calming us with His tender words, Fear not, I am with you. He is our Rock, the Everlasting Rock, our Shelter in all circumstances; lightning may break forth before us brightening the sky, thunder might roll on the sky shaking the earth, but His promise stands firmly in a rainbow which follows a storm, reminding us He is in control, bringing hope in the colors it expresses. God has spoken!
So, it will happen that when we sit under His feet, that we will say, My soul yarns for You [O Lord] in the night, yes, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly (Isaiah 26: 9a) in an ever-spiritual hunger that can never be satisfied; the more that we hear from Him, the more that we want of and from Him. And as Moses, who after spending forty days and nights in His presence, absorbed the shine of His face, so will we when we stay in His presence. The Apostle Paul even amidst His trials, had a song that translated his deep relationship with the Lord: Oh the depth of the riches of His wisdom and knowledge … Who has ever known your mind O Lord and understood Your thoughts, or whoever has been Your counselor? For you and through you and to You are all things (Romans 11:33-36)! Paul was girded with His presence and protected with His banner of love. Nothing, as he said, would separate him from God’s love, so he expressed: Who shall separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? (Rom. 8:35) Paul experienced all sorts of sufferings in his life, but because he remained in God’s presence, he was strengthened; he never gave up until his life was taken away from him and His Savior embraced him to eternity; and there his relationship continues forever more.
His banner over us is God’s love in the person of His Son’s stretched hands on a cross, reconciling us to His Father and lifting us up to Himself; it is a crown of thorns buried in His head and His blood flowing non- stop, to give us life; it is the 650 beatings applied to His body, deforming Him beyond recognition, turning Him into an object of horror; yes, my friend, we must direct our focus on desiring to know Him, walking with Him, and to be in His presence.
THINK ABOUT IT!