His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
Song of Songs 8:3 ESV
We’ve seen this sentiment before. Our dear bride repeats her desire for her beloved’s embrace. At the beginning of her relationship with the Shepherd King, she calls out for his enfolding presence.
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me! - Song of Songs 2:6 ESV
We have seen her grow in so many ways.
In the beginning her own filth distressed her. She was afraid to leave the chamber and run through the hills and mountains with Him. She faltered time and time again.
Now she is confident in her relationship with Him. She see’s herself as a partner, calling on Him to act on behalf of others, and ever suggesting the desires of her own heart to Him. In the beginning, her only desire was to have Him for herself, but what has blossomed in her is a desire to see others—all others—bound to Him and His love.
What has not changed is the Shepherd King’s care for her.
As I said nearly two years ago, when we came across the first instance of this verse, His left hand behind her head, speaks of His unseen protection and care for her. His working of all things—ALL THINGS—to and for her GOOD. His right hand embracing and holding her, out there where she can see it, are the tangible ways the Lord cares for her.
She has grown, and the Lord’s love stands unchanged.
This image of the Lords arms encircling us makes me wonder if this is not, in fact, the yoke of the Lord.
The Lord says in Matthew 11:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. - Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
The Lord calls us to yoke ourselves to Him. What if that yoke is actually His embrace.
I look at the burden Jesus bore, and think, how can He say His burden is light? Yoking myself to Jesus would be sharing His burden - wouldn’t it? Talk about unequally yoked! My sin simply adds to His burden, and how am I to bear all that?
I feel like the maiden in the fifth verse of the song, “I am very dark, but lovely.” I’m filthy with sin, but He somehow desires me.
But His embrace has changes us both, the maiden and me. Through His unseen care for us, and His lavish demonstrations of love for us, I—we—are changed. He has washed me in His precious blood and filled me with His own Spirit. He has given me a new heart, and written His law—His love—upon it.
As I get close to Him, His left arm reaches around the back of my head, out of sight, and His right arm reaches around to encircle me. He has yoked Himself to me by the power of His embrace.
He has declared me worthy—by virtue of His own righteousness and His cleansing blood—to be His partner in life—His co-laborer in the harvest—His joint heir, possessor of all that belongs to Him.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? - Romans 8:32 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, - Ephesians 1:3 ESV
Oh how I love the Lord’s embrace.
Don’t forget to shine.