Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; (Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV)
What is fragrance?
What does it do?
Here’s the thing. When our Song speaks of fragrance it is not talking actions. Not the visible actions of a Shepherd King, but rather the invisible features of thoughts and emotions – His passions.
When we talk about God and emotions we (the Church) have a strange box for God. We feel like God has this amazing joy when we are born again, and He spends the rest of our lives angry with us.
There is even a theological argument out there that says that God does not change so He cannot have emotions.
This is all so messed up. We are created in the image of God, emotions and all. If we learn nothing else from the Song of Songs, it is that we have an emotional Father.
There is, however, action in this verse and we don’t want to miss it. The fragrant ointment is poured forth.
Here we see the internal essence of Jesus, His thought life, His emotion, His passion, poured out by the declaration of His name. Last week we looked at His name, but today I want to draw your attention to this idea.
As His name is declared, His passion is revealed. [Tweet This]
When He said His name was JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU "The Lord is our righteousness" He was demonstrating His passion for transforming you into the righteousness of God in Him.
When He said His name was JEHOVAH-SHALOM - Our perfect peace - He was demonstrating His passion for creating peace between you and God as the Prince of Peace.
When He said His name was JEHOVAH RAPHA - I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer – He was demonstrating His passion for healing you to the uttermost.
Interestingly enough Paul talks about fragrance too.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NASB)
The fact is, as our life declares by word and deed the name of Jesus, His passion is poured forth on our circle of influence, and it has an impact. It may draw some to Christ, and it may push some away. In any case, when you stand for Christ your life will no longer be neutral.
Do you need that ointment poured forth in your life today?
Do you need that healing balm, that peace that defies understanding?
Let the name of Jesus wash over you even now. Declare His name out loud over your circumstances today.
If you are sick say out loud something like “I am yours, Jehovah Rapha – the Lord who heals me”
If you are stressed instead of blessed – declare “I am yours, Jehovah Shalom”
Hey – we are not talking magic words, or secret formulae here. But there is power in the name of Jesus.
That’s good, isn’t it? Share what you learned, or what fresh revelation you received, or even what made you mad here today. Has His name poured out in your life changed your reality? Share!
Come back next week for more of the Song. Believe me, we are just scratching the surface here.