Song of Songs 8:14 NASB
The last word picture in the Song of Songs is of a gazelle or young stag running, jumping, even frolicking on a mountain of spices.
These last words belong to the Maiden and they are a call to her lover—her husband—her Shepherd King to come and be with her. The striking thing is, she want to be with Him in the adventure of life now.
Earlier in the Song, she was afraid to leave the secret place. She didn’t trust Him with her life. She didn’t trust herself—her ability to minister—to give to the body. She only wanted to be with her Love behind closed doors.
The church has grown comfortable behind its doors. The Christian has grown comfortable reading his Bible in the living room.
We think of the stodgy and scholarly as the mature Christians, but true mark of maturity is not time in study, it’s time in the field.
The mature Christian is the one with dirty hands. [Tweet This]
James said - I’ll show you my faith by my works. (See James 2:18)
Jesus said - He that does the will of God may judge my doctrine. (See John 7:17)
This mountain of spices is a picture of the Lord’s Church. Each individual believer is a unique blend of spices, a sweet savor to the Lord, with a unique mix of gifts and talents and temperament. The Lords desire and design is that we be one—blending our unique fragrances together into a mountain of spices.
And He is the gazelle, the young stag, moving about in His Church.
John the revelator saw Him walking among the seven golden candlesticks. It’s a picture of the Lord moving among His people, and they go into all the world. It the Lord—never leaving or forsaking us—as we fulfill His great command and great commission.
So the song ends with the fulfillment of the maidens deepest desires.
Draw me after you and let us run together! - Song of Songs 1:4 NASB
Have you stuck with me all the way through this wonderful Song of all Songs? I have really enjoyed digging through every picture together. These verses and themes color everything I think about, after living in this song for year.
Now that we have come to the end of the narrative, I would like to go back and pursue a few themes in a little more depth. So keep your eyes open and I’ll be back with more SoS Saturday posts.