1 Solomon's Song of Songs.
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth -- for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you!
4 Take me away with you -- let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you!
5 Dark am I, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.
6 Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother's sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I have neglected.
7 Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday. Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?
8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds.
A Desire to Be Loved (1:1–4)
Songs of Songs is an unashamed celebration of romantic love between a groom and his young bride. Their affection for each other is so unrestrained that it may cause the reader to blush, and their yearning for each other speaks to the heart of anyone who has been in love. This theme of passionate love reminds us that we are created in the image of the living God who is love, and that every one of us has the holy desire to love and be loved. There is no shame in this desire; the Bible encourages us to find joy and pleasure in all the different kinds of love that God has created, including the unique, intimate love enjoyed between a husband and wife.
- In what ways do you desire to love and be loved? Take some time to surrender these desires to God and ask Him to fulfill them.
Loving the Unlovable (1:5–8)
In these verses, the beloved young bride reveals that she is not the typical beauty that would have been considered worthy of love. She is dark, meaning that she is from the working class and darkened by the sun as a result of working outdoors. Yet she is deeply desired and considered beautiful by her beloved. True love is not restricted by appearance or social class, and the groom demonstrates this by loving this young woman whom many may have considered undesirable and unworthy. This passage reminds us that though we are not worthy to be loved by Christ, our King and Bridegroom, He loves us regardless, and it is this love that gives us our worth.
- Who would benefit from more of your love this week? How can you show your family, friends, or your neighbors that you love them as God has created them?
A letter to God
Dear God, thank you for loving Your children. You so loved the world that You sent Jesus Christ to be our Savior and our King. Bless those who are lonely. May all who long to be loved deeply and passionately find fulfillment in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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