Tell me, O You whom my soul loves, Where do You pasture Your flock, Where do You make it lie down at noon? (Song of Songs 1:7 NASB)
When we left our girl she was distressed about the state of her vineyard – her own spiritual walk. She was spent and missing the intimacy she had known at her first encounter with the Lord. She had gotten pulled into service because of her passion, and left her first love.
Like the Church of Ephesus in Revelation 2, she was getting the good stuff done, but leaving off the ‘One Thing.’
Today, she get’s it, and look at the focus of her prayer
Tell me, O You whom my soul loves, Where do You pasture Your flock, Where do You make it lie down at noon?
You see, the way to bring life back to a dying vineyard, is to reconnect to The Vine.
Her heart cry is back – I just want to know Your tender care.
Let’s walk right through it.
First – You Lord are the ONE my soul loves – she identifies herself as a Jesus Lover. She knows her life has been out of balance, but that does not diminish her desire for intimacy with the Lord.
Next – Where do You pasture Your flock? I want to be where You are. I know you will care for me.
Then – Where do You make it lie down at noon? They tell me that a sheep will only lie down and rest mid day when it has been thoroughly fed and watered. For the sheep to lie down it must be completely satisfied!
There is a clear throw back to that wonderful Psalm of the Shepherd.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
(Psalm 23:1-3 NASB)
Her heart cries out for His tender and loving care.
In this busiest of seasons, are you missing His tender care today?
Don’t let Christmas be the undoing of your vineyard.
Call out today and tell Jesus, the Great Shepherd, that you want to be fed in the green pastures, and drink from the still waters.