August 29, 2021
A Song of Love
8 Listen! My beloved!
Song of Songs 2: 8-13 (NIV)
Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”
DevotionWe know of both human love, a love for our spouse or for friends and family, and divine love, that is, God’s love for us and our love for God. In this Scripture passage from Song of Songs 2:8, we read these words, “Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.” The imagery is of a woman hearing the voice of the man she loves and seeing him come toward her. A similar imagery might be the picture of a wounded soldier lying in a hospital, feverish, one leg infected and broken and the other foot not there, seeing his beloved enter the hospital room with hugs and kisses and an “I love you!” We were married ten months later.
God called to me and said, “You are my beloved.” God came as a small infant into a world that rejected Him and despised Him. He came not because of how good and how kind I am or because I follow with close attention the directions He gave me on how to live. God came because He wanted a relationship with you and with me, and that relationship is one of love for His creation. We are God’s “beloved.” Creation was designed by God for us so that God could come “leaping across the mountains and bounding over the hills.” (2:8b) His joy is in His creation, in us. In this passage, God says to us, “Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” (2:10)
This God is the God who loved Israel so much He gave them the law and watched over them. Even in their adultery, He did not abandon them. God does not abandon His creation. He loves His creation and always looks after it. It is we who abandon God. We tell God, “We are too busy for you, Lord.” We have other gods to worship—money, sex, fame, power, and a multitude of others. But God is always there to pick up the pieces of our lives. Who but a loving God would send Jesus?