My beloved is mine, and I am his; ~ Song of Songs 2:16
Back near the end of the first chapter of the Song the maiden began to speak in these terms:
My beloved is to me,
and we noticed that she had begun her relationship with the Shepherd King on the same footing that David expressed in Psalm 103, by noting all His benefits.
At that time we noted the progression from self centered Christianity to Christ centered Christianity.
Here is how this progression plays out in this most wonderful Song:
My Beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi. ~ Song of Songs 1:14
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
Here is the progression
- 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
As we arrive at the end of the Second Chapter of the song, we also find ourselves at the second step in this progression.
No longer is the maiden’s view of Jesus simply look what He has done for me, now she claims Him as her own. He is mine.
When she first began to consider Christ, He seemed far off, and she wondered if He would ever consider her, if He could ever be her lover. It seemed, at first, like a pipe dream, like a fairytale. How would this most wonderful King ever notice her, let alone give her the time of day.
But today we see that she has found Him with open arms and open heart. He has embraced her, and assured her that He belongs to her.
Not only does she see that He has given Himself to her, but now she is ready to commit herself to Him. “I am His.”
We must see, not only all His benefits toward us, His open arms, and His willingness to be in our lives. We must see that He wants to “own” us.
Paul captures this reality in 1 Corinthians 3 – check this out:
So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God. ~ 1 Corinthians 3:21-23
Do you see that you belong to Christ? You were purchased on the cross those many years ago, and He wants to own you. Surely you should not forget His many benefits, but today, will you be counted as His?
Come on back next week, will you?