I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases. ~ Song of Songs 2:7 NKJV
I was with a few beloved believing friends this week, and we were worshiping the Lord. It was a free time of worship, intended to draw us into a place of prayer and intercession. This time was so sweet though. The clock seemed to be pressing us toward intercession, but the Spirit was holding us in His embrace.
There was a moment in the evening when I had the sense that we could go either way, we could move on with the task at hand, praying for those who were in desperate need, or stay in this embrace.
I heard in my Spirit the words to Jenn Johnson’s song “A Little Longer”
What can I do for You
What can I give to You
What kind of song would You like me to sing
I’ll dance a dance for You
I’ll pour out my love to You
What can I give to you Beautiful King
Cause I can’t thank You enough
I can’t thank You enough
Then I hear You sing to me:
You don’t have to do a thing
Just simply be with Me and let those things go
They can wait another minute
Wait this moment is to sweet
Please stay here with Me
And love on Me a little longer
Cause I’m in love with you © Jenn Johnson
[Listen Here – you will love this song!]
It was that 2nd part that I heard as clear as a bell – the voice of the Spirit saying, “just a little longer.” Those needs, those cares, those things to do, will be there.
Don’t flit away like a deer, like a gazelle, frightened away by the first distraction. Stay here in my embrace.
Not forever, just a little longer. I know we have things to do, I know we have places to go. I know there are needs we must address, I know all the things that pull you, that call to you, that want your attention.
But right now look deeply into my eyes and stay here with me.
Do you remember Mary anointing Jesus’ feet in Matthew 26. When they complained about the waste of the costly oil, saying they could have done some good work with it, do you remember what Jesus said?
For the poor you have with you always; but you do not always have Me. ~ Matthew 26:11
He was not saying, don’t care for the poor, rather, right now, worshipping me is the right thing.
Another time when Jesus was hanging out at Martha and Mary’s place, Martha was busy with hostess stuff, and Mary was hanging on every word Jesus spoke. Jesus again affirms this idea.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. ~ Luke 10:42 NKJV
Again, it is not that there was anything wrong with hospitality; rather it was the right time to pay attention to Jesus.
In the Song today we see Jesus hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the parlor door.
Are you easily distracted in your times of worship or meditation? We can be like a gazelle, or a deer, startled, distracted, by the break of a twig, or scent on the breeze.
It may be time to turn off your devices, get where no one will walk by. (Jesus suggested the closet.) Make time to worship. There will be time to act, to ‘do,’ to care for those in need.
Jesus is calling “Come, now it the time to worship.”
See you next week