I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;
I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam.
I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;
I have drunk my wine and my milk.
Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers.
Song of Songs 5:1 NASB
Jesus, the creator of all things comes into the midst of His creation.
The infinite God steps into the soul of this one who has an ugly history but has been called out and washed in His wonderful blood.
Anything good in me comes from Him. He is the one who has eliminated my sketchy past. He is the one who gave me this new heart. If my heart is a garden, He gave me the land, He put up the fence, He formed the gate, He gave me a desire to plant, He gave that which is beautiful in me the ability to grow and flourish.
What can this garden offer the Lord?
Myrrh and balsam
Myrrh and balsam point to Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. Having received the life that comes from His death, our lives, our gardens are always marked by our remembrance of Him.
As we take communion, we remember His words
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. - Matthew 26:26-28 NASB
Paul said this about his life
But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. ... From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus. - Galatians 6:14, 17 NASB
So it is with our garden. The death and resurrection of Jesus are easily remembered. “And He built a tower in the middle of it” (Isaiah 5:2)
Our maiden, this “all in” believer, not only remembers the cross of her Lover, but embraces it in her own life. She takes up her cross, whatever the Master puts before her, with joy.
Honey and Wine
Honey speaks of pleasure, wine of joy. Though she bears in her body the marks of suffering, her garden blossoms with deep joy and pleasure.
You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalms 16:11 NASB
As the Father opens our eyes to the path He has for us to walk, though it may be the road to the cross, He does not leave us or forsake us on that path.
Get this! It’s really important. When we walk the “path of life” in communion with the Lover of our Souls, He will not leave us or forsake us. If He is with us, simply put, we are in His presence. In His presence is fullness of joy. At His right hand there are pleasures forever.
This path of life David speaks of is not ‘show me how to live so when I die I get You Lord.
No No No. More like this:
Help me walk this life in You, so I can see what You are doing and do it with You, so that I can hear what You are saying and say it too.
Sounds just like Jesus, doesn’t it? And the writer to the Hebrew believers said this of Jesus.
"YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS." - Hebrews 1:9 NASB
(I’m not shouting – that is how the NASB does quotes from the Old Testament)
Because Jesus walked in unity with the Father, His life was marked with joy and pleasure, in spite of the suffering.
This is what He finds in the garden of His beloved.
Be aware of the Lord’s presence today.