How handsome you are, my beloved, And so pleasant! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant! (Song of Songs 1:16 NASB)
She has been gazing on Jesus – eyes (dove’s eyes) fixed on His wonderful face, and it’s growing on her.
In this first chapter of this wonderful song, she has come from a distant admirer with a crush on this seemingly unattainable man – the Shepherd King – to a place now where they have found one another, and are in love.
As she gazes on Him, and hears His love declared to her, His beauty in her eyes grows, and fills her every thought.
What is it that is so handsome about Jesus?
Isaiah prophesies that He will not be physically attractive:
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. (Isaiah 53:2 NASB)
So what is His great draw? His holiness.
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (Psalm 96:9 NKJV)
There is a beauty to holiness that is not immediately evident. As you behold, gaze on, and ponder the wonderful holiness of the Lord, that which the world despises begins to grow in beauty, until we join in with the words of Keith Green “Oh Lord, You’re beautiful, Your face is all I seek.”
As we draw near to Him and He to us, we come under His correction – sometimes with out a word spoken, and His correction is for one purpose “…that we may be partakers of His holiness.” (Hebrews 12:10 NKJV)
This is our process of transformation. It comes in drawing closer to the Lord and letting Him have access to and reign over more and more of our lives.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14 NKJV)
See you next week.