You have ravished my heart,
My sister, my spouse;
You have ravished my heart
With one look of your eyes,
With one link of your necklace.
Song of Songs 4:9 NKJV
This changes everything.
I have trouble wrapping my mind and heart around this.
My Jesus looks at me, and sees my slightest move toward Him, a glance of my eye, a turn of my neck to face Him, and His heart beats faster.
Check out some of these translations:
You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride.~ NLT
You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride ~ NIV
You have captivated my heart, ~ ESV
You have made my heart beat faster, ~ NASB
Thou hast taken hold of my heart ~ JUB
My bride, my sister, you have charmed me. ~ NOG
My sister, my bride, you have thrilled my heart; ~ NCV [i]
WOW [I know – that is some really deep theological insight right there, isn’t it?]
When taken in the context of our "Christ and the believer" paradigm, this completely rocks my world.
I grew up for the most part in the evangelical Christianity, and for much of my Christian life, I never quite felt like I could embrace my own forgiveness.
Part of that is a strong and valid understanding of how heinous sin actually is, and how horrible a price was required to buy this forgiveness, the precious blood of the Lord Jesus. This understanding of my own depravity made it nearly impossible to ever get up off my knees before the cross asking for forgiveness, and move on with the Christian life.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe in repentance, but I also believe there must be an embracing of our forgiveness and a stepping into a faith life.
And until you understand that your attentions make the heart of Jesus beat faster, that when you gaze on Him in adoration, it captivates Him, you may spend all your time with Him recounting your sin, and reliving it before Him.
We accuse ourselves before Him of being unworthy of His attentions, even though He has paid the dearest price imaginable to make us worthy.
If you are in relationship with Jesus, and have given your heart to Him, He has taken your filthy, stinky, cloths and thrown them in the fire, and taken Christ’s own robe of righteousness and tailored it to your size and dressed you in it.
That’s right – He had it tailored to your size – it is not a borrowed robe, it is a gift. He does not rip it off your back every time you have a rebellious or filthy thought. He does not ask you to leave His chambers every time you disgrace the name He has given you, by your actions.
What is true, is that every time you turn toward Him, His heart beats faster. Your attentions take His heart captive. [Tweet This]
As the reality of this verse has begun to take hold with some of today’s worship leaders, there is a move in worship music toward more and more intimacy and passion. I have heard many old school theologians bashing this movement. I see that things can be taken too far, but as a whole, it makes me happy to see a generation embracing the love of their Lord. Frankly it sounds like some of the emotion David wrote about.
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. - Psalms 27:4
When You said, "Seek My face,"
my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek." - Psalms 27:8
Lord, it is your face I seek today. I long to dwell in your presence while it is called today. As I walk through my life on Earth, I want to walk with you. I long to know your presence and see your goodness in the land of the living. And I look forward to the day, that great day, when I will bow down before you. For in Your presence is fullness of joy and at Your right hand are pleasures forever more.
See you again soon.
[i] English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.; Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB) 2000, 2001, 2010 by LIFE SENTENCE Publishing; New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation; New Century Version (NCV) The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.; New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.; Names of God Bible (NOG) The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.; New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation.