My Beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi. (Song of Songs 1:14 NASB)
Today I am going to take a little time to point out a progression in the life of the believer that we are going to follow through the Song of Songs.
It has to do with the focus of our relationship with the Lord.
Our Maiden began the last two statements about her beloved with the phrase “My Beloved is to me…”
Many, if not all of us start here, focusing on what the Lord has done for us. Oh, and by the way, we are in good company, It is, of course, David who tells us “forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2)
How much of our worship has to do with what the Lord is to us.
Let me say again, this is not a bad thing, but it is not the end. There is a higher form of love. And our maiden is going to change.
Consider these other 3 verses spread across the Song.
My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies. (2:16)
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies. (6:3)
I am my beloved’s, And his desire is for me. (7:10)
Do you see the progression? As her relationship with Christ matures, her focus slowly moves away from herself, and onto Him. [Tweet This] It is no longer what Christ offers her in their life together, but what she can offer Christ.
Check it out:
- My Beloved is to me
- My beloved is mine, and I am his
- I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine
- I am my beloved’s, And his desire is for me
Do you see the move from self-centered to Christ-centered life?
Christianity is a continuum for sure, and we are all on a journey. I believe you will love the transformation you will see in our Maiden, and if you will lean into your relationship with the Shepherd King, I believe you will love the transformation in your own life.
See you next week.