For your love is better than wine. Song of Songs 1:2b NASB
Our humble maiden is struck with all of this.
She looks at this Shepherd King and this lowly maiden from a nearby village is drawn into the thoughts of luxury, of the lush life, of a life with the man of her dreams in royal robes and plush surroundings.
She sees his rugged handsome beauty and she wants to spend time in His arms.
One look as He passes by stirs passion deep within her.
She imagines that drinking deeply of the scent of Him would surely intoxicate her.
She has a deep longing for intimacy with this man!
You know, for Christians our longings can be tricky. We feel like passion is a problem. We try to suppress our longings—to bury them. For centuries, longings of any kind have been frowned upon in the Christian world.
We find ourselves expressing our longings in ways that are destructive, and so we begin to repent not only for the sin but for the longings and desires themselves.
This is a problem since God created these longings and built them into who we are. They are deep inside, and if we live life suppressing our longings and passions, we end up denying the very life God intended us to live, and the wonderful things He intended us to feel and experience.
Mike Bickel and Deborah Hiebert wrote a book called “The Seven Longings of the Human Heart” where they detail 7 longings (there may be more, but this book lists 7) in every human.
- A longing to be fascinated
- A longing to possess and feel beautiful
- A longing to be great and successful
- A longing to know intimacy without shame
- A longing for assurance of being enjoyed
- A longing to be wholehearted and passionate
- A longing to make deep and lasting impact
These longings are not part of out sin nature, they are built-in by our creator. They require attention and management, but not necessarily suppression.
In fact, God’s intends fulfillment for each these completely in your life, both here and in eternity.
Don’t forget, this is the God who put in the pen of David
“Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.”(Psalm 16:11 NASB)
This is from the God who created pleasure. What sorts of deep passionate pleasures await us in heaven. I suspect it is more than we could ever think or imagine.
Personally, I love my life here, but I can’t wait.
Fact is, God’s intention is for us to walk in a great measure of this pleasure and wonder here and now, and as we unfold this Song we will see the joy and fulfillment of partnering with the One who created us, and designed us, and bought us, and loves us all to crazy!
Come on back next week!
See you then,