She totally ace'd it – A+ all the way!
This testing of her faith – this trial in her life did nothing but solidify her love for her Man.
Let me step back for one minute and tell you what I am talking about.
The Maiden, in our Song of Songs has just had her resolve tested. Like Abraham on the mount with Isaac on the altar, like Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, the Shulamite in the Song of Songs has her faith tested.
She has given her life – lock stock and barrel – to the Shepherd King, given Him full ownership of “her garden” and He has accepted her.
But now He has taken a step back, and allowed her to feel His absence. He drew her out and vanished, and she was left looking for Him in the streets, those set to protect her accosted her, the ones in power abused her.
They beat her, wounded her, stripped her and left her.
Did she cry out “Why Me?”
Did she complain?
Did she turn away from Him and go back to her old life?
Did she seek comfort in her old sins?
Did she regret letting Him into her life?
Not for a minute.
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
As to what you will tell him:
For I am lovesick.
Song of Songs 5:8 NASB
Fortunately her friends did not treat her like the Church has over the years. If we let the common interpretation reign here, this would turn into the book of Job, where her friends would begin to explain to her the vastness of her sin.
But before they get a chance to put her under the sin microscope and tell her about her failure, she just blurts out that which has filled her heart. From her inner most being flows her overwhelming desire to be with the One she loves. She is lovesick.
It brings to mind this song by Kari Jobe:
The More I Seek You
The more I seek You,
the more I find You
The more I find You, the more I love You
I wanna sit at Your feet
drink from the cup in Your hand.
Lay back against You and breath, feel Your heart beat
This love is so deep, it's more than I can stand.
I melt in Your peace,
I know it’s not a deep theological treatise, but I believe it captures the heart of our maiden as she comes through the testing of her faith more than ever in love with Jesus.
I have heard Graham Cooke quoted as saying that if I am desperate for Jesus, my relationship is dysfunctional, but I am not convinced that is the case.
I believe that there are times our faith is tested. There are times when we will not be able to “feel” the presence of the Lord in our lives through no fault of our own.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-4 NASB
How will you come through?
Will you say with the maiden – I am lovesick?
Have you ever walked through these times?
Lord, today, we want to sense your presence, we want to sit at your feet, drink from the cup in your hands and lay back and feel your heart beat.