Saturday, January 25, 2014

Jan | 25 | Look at Me!


Look at Me!

Song of Solomon 5:16
His mouth is most sweet, Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, And this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem! NKJV

Our text for today is a summary of a description of Christ by his church found in verse 10-15 of the same chapter and the description itself as an answer to the question posed in Song of Solomon 5:9 which asks: “What is your beloved More than another beloved, O fairest among women?” 

Now, dear hearts, we are privileged today to sense way over the horizon and in the so doing, to hear from the church in glory, from the church redeemed, from the church adopted, from the church now at last so clearly seeing, the concluding summary of that so great a description of Jesus the bridegroom. It is evident that such a vision does not disappoint, indeed, the conclusion of the matter is so very clear: He is ‘altogether lovely.’ Yes, He is the only fulfillment of our focused affection, He is the realized destination of all of our desires, He is found to be the centre of our satisfaction, even the pleasure ground of our purest of joys and the infinite laughter in the giggle box of eternity. Yes, Jesus is found to be for us in glory, ‘altogether lovely.’

 Such deep love like this may well be described in terms of deep sexual intimacy, but I wonder if it is more truly expressed in child like trust and happiness, even in hopping; even in skipping; even in jumping. The Kingdom of God is serious stuff, so serious I think, that it can only be received and enjoyed when done so in child like wonder and simplicity.

I wonder if it is true that a song written for children fully sums up the great Theology of heaven: “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so..., ” and I wonder if the firm grasp of such love makes us more like little children in ways which as adults we can now so barely imagine? If so, then with some depth of childlike silliness we might hear God saying to us: “Count to four and you can have some more. Continue to ten and know that I love you. I might be alphabet even your Alpha and Omega but stop at ‘J’ and think of Jesus My Son and My love for you. Whatever your color: black white green or red, yes, even if you were, pink, brown, orange yellow or blue, I truly, madly deeply do, so very much love you. You are the friend that is coming to my tea, so, sail the ship; chop the tree; skip the rope; and look at Me! Yes, altogether now; look at Me for I am altogether lovely.”

There is a joyful expression of life and an innocence of being that only a child can fully display, and these displays of joyful innocence come from depths of the Holy Spirit. If you do not ‘get’ this yet, then you maybe need to mature for a good few years more before your faith can become that of a little child.

Listen:- My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. Song of Solomon 5:10-16 KJV

Pray: - Father, I can only imagine the joy of the innocent, even the jammy faced smile of the untouched and the unsullied. Oh what heaven to be so free. Father, come satisfy us early with these good things, and allow us a more innocent glimpse of Jesus our Savior who is altogether lovely. Amen and amen.

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