SONG OF SONGS(Pt. 1)

If you have ever read the Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) in one sitting, you get the sense that this would make a beautiful modern Opera (Saving for the tragedy).  The writer provides movement, balance and counter-balance. When you think about it…as these movements occur in this great canticle(Song of the Bride and the Bridegroom) so it is true in life.                 Life has it’s movement and change(Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn). You cannot hasten nor prevent the seasons. They come,whether you want them to or not.  Seasons of the Spiritual life are also about Seasons which bring Spiritual change. Let’s consider some of the seasons that the woman called the Shulamite experienced.

REJECTED…RECEIVED
In the first chapter, the Shulamite describes her condition as being rejected by her brothers.
“Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon. 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.”(Song of Solomon 1:5, 6 NIV)
Her brothers do not have a very high opinion of her worth so they excluded her as it were from the life of the family. She is left exposed and discounted in her true value and worth. And yet, this exclusion was the occasion by which she caught the eye of the King.  “Like a lilly among thorns, So is my love among the daughters…Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.”(Song of Solomon 2:3, 4 NIV)
This is true in the ways of God. Often the shunning by so called “brothers” is the means by which God gets you free to be wholly His.  Remember in the Book of Acts,Chapter 7, Stephen gives one of the great messages regarding the mystery of God’s ways using the examples of the Bible heroes, Moses, David, Joseph (and even pointed toward Jesus of Nazareth). He points out that they were first shunned and rejected then later received and accepted. Their ill treatment of isolation(and  threat of death) would lead them later to time of glorious exaltation.
So too,the Shulamite discovered what may have been meant for evil, God meant it (in the end) for her good. Being exposed by the trials,caring for their vineyards and “darkened by the Sun”,only caused her to be even more distinguished and beautiful in the eyes of the King.
JOY IS COMING
You may be going through a difficult season. A season of dark trials may have come, not of your making. Hang on in faith! God will have the final word. The psalmist wrote, “Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”(Psalm 30:4, 5 NIV)
The Shulamite could celebrate His faithfulness, “He brought me to his banquet table, His banner over me is love”. God’s love for you will never fail. Remember…You’re His favorite!

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