As we read the Song of Solomon, three aspects of God’s love are present. The love of God for Israel is the direct intention of the Song. Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” The love of God for the Church is intended, due to the love that God has shown by the Words of Jesus, Matthew 16:18, “I will build My church..,” and Ephesians 5:22, “…He (Christ) gave Himself up for her (the church).” Also, the love of husbands and wives in marriage is seen, which is based on the following scriptures. (English Standard Version) Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the church..” Ephesians 5:22, “Wives submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord…”. Consider the aggressive nature that God has expressed in His love for fallen mankind. Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” 1 Timothy 2:4, “(God) desires all people to be saved ..” Consider God, as being the loving father of the prodigal son in Luke 15:20: “And he arose and came to his father. But, while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” God actively seeks those who are lost. He desires all to be saved. He takes the initiative and runs toward those who are far from Him. In today’s vernacular, “God doesn’t play hard to get.”
Song of Songs 1:1-8, New International Version (NIV)
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 young women 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[b];
we will praise your love more than wine.
How right they are to adore you!
5 Dark am I, yet lovely,
daughters of Jerusalem,
dark like the tents of Kedar,
like the tent curtains of Solomon.[c]
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 had to neglect.
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.
The following notes of commentary are generously provided by Ligonier Ministries, and are contained in the Reformation Study Bible.
1:2–4 Third person expressions in 1:2 and 1:4 (“Let him kiss me . . . The king has brought me”) open and close the paragraph, which is otherwise in the second person (“your love . . . your name”). The girl oscillates between thinking about her absent lover and addressing him as though he were present.
1:4 The king has brought me. This is the first of five occurrences of the word “king” (1:4, 12; 3:9, 11; 7:5). Here in v. 4 there are two possibilities: either the king is Solomon, who has tried unsuccessfully to win the girl’s affections, or he is her lover, whom she romantically fantasizes as her king. The latter interpretation is to be preferred (see Introduction: Characteristics and Themes). The paragraph ends, as it began, with the girl referring to her absent lover in the third person (vv. 2–4 note).
We will exult and rejoice in you. The “daughters of Jerusalem” (v. 5) agree with the girl that the love of her lover is better than wine (v. 2).
1:5, 6 The girl responds to criticism of her complexion (v. 5, “I am very dark”) by the daughters of Jerusalem (5:10–16 note). She is deeply tanned because her brothers have made her work in the vineyards, and consequently she has not been able to care properly for her “own vineyard” (her body, v. 6).
tents of Kedar. The Bedouin tribes living on the edge of the deserts east of Israel made their tents of dark goat hair.
1:7 like one who veils herself. The word “veils” has the same negative connotations here as it does in Gen. 38:14, 15. The girl does not want to be mistaken for a prostitute.
1:8 most beautiful among women. Elsewhere in the Song this form of address is used only by the daughters of Jerusalem (5:9; 6:1).
Now, let us worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus, as we are blessed by the five hundred member choir of Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Praise His Holy Name
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor
Psalm 150:1-6, King James Version (KJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.