THE GREATEST SONG EVER SUNG
The book of Song of Songs has been called the most holy book in the Bible by some Jewish Rabbis. It is an allegorical way to understand the journey each believer makes as they get to know Jesus as their heavenly Bridegroom. It is a divine love song sung over His people, wooing us back to Him. It can be summed up in a verse from Zephaniah in the Old Testament.
Zephaniah chapter 3, verse 17 (Amplified version)
The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Saviour!
[who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.
Each one of us is unique and equally loved by God. Each one of us will have a journey tailor-made for us to learn the lessons we need to learn. He basically loves us out of wrong ways of thinking and gradually leads us out of bondage, hurt and disappointment and into freedom and great joy. This journey is not a quick fix, it will take time, just as it takes time for us to get to know a new boyfriend. He will lead us in a dance of love until we are able to love Him fully as He loves us fully. Then He invites us to become His bride and come into the full inheritance that is waiting for us.
I see this as a musical, a symphony of believers all with their own individual part to play. As we come together with each part of the orchestra playing their given part, it will become a symphony of worship from the very throne room in Heaven. This is why we were created, to worship our God in Spirit and Truth; this is the way the Lord has led me to interpret The Song for others. I am joined on this journey of creative worship by Jewel Simpson and Linda Robinson. Together we will pave the way for others to join in with us, to paint the rainbow in the sky (with our worship), and those colours will drip down over the earth bringing healing to our land. Worship is the key to healing and that is all the elders in Heaven do; they worship the Lamb, who is Jesus and surrender their thrones before Him.
Worship will be very individual, it will come out of intimacy and relationship with Jesus. Worship is not just singing, it could be dance, art, meditation, writing, caring for others etc. Worship is born out of love and will encompass every day ordinary things. I will let the Lord show you what gifts He has put inside you and I will not dare to even describe what worship will mean for you. Worship will evolve and will not always look the same. Just as the rainbow has many colours, our worship will be different depending in what season of our lives we are currently in.
One more thing: do not strive, true worship will just soar out of you. In the beginning of this journey we are broken and hurt, we need nurturing and feeding. It is a time of rest, a time of receiving, a time of being held. Go at your own pace. May our beautiful Bridegroom God take you on your own personal journey into love and freedom.
THE DIVINE ROMANCE
The Song of Songs is an allegory or parable, that is a simple story to explain a more complex thing.
This is the story of King Solomon wooing the young Shulamite girl. King Solomon represents Jesus and the Shulamite represents believers who have just woken up to the fact that Jesus loves them.
The journey begins as we begin to fall in love with Jesus and invite Him into our hearts. We are besotted with Him and want more time with Him.
As we see Jesus in all His perfection, we start to become aware of all our faults. At first, we feel we don’t deserve His love, but as He continues to sing His love song over us, we begin to let our walls come down and invite Him into our hearts.
Our relationship with Jesus is compared to the relationship between a Bridegroom and a bride, and just as it takes time to get to know a new boyfriend, it takes time to get to know Jesus. As a girlfriend, we get to spend time with Jesus and enjoy being with Him. At the beginning, we are very selfish and want Him all to ourselves, we love the way He makes us feel. This is the beginning and so let us join the young girl as she cries out for more of Jesus.
The journey continues …..
Time has passed and the first bloom of love is fading. As the Shulamite girl spends more time with her Lover, she starts to experience a winter season. She sees her sin in a way she had not been aware of before. The King is a jealous God and will not share the one He loves with others. It is a time when He shows us what is in our hearts, who and what really is on the throne of our lives. All our idols start to fall and it is a very difficult process.
In Hebrews 12 v 5-6 in The Passion Translation, we read
‘My child, don’t underestimate the value of the discipline and training of the Lord God, or get depressed when he has to correct you. For the Lord’s training of your life is the evidence of his faithful love. And when he draws you to himself, it proves you are his delightful child.’
This is a season of repentance and rest. We cannot fast in this season, for we are with the Bridegroom, He is singing over us, His special love song, tailor made for each one of us. He starts to show us who we really are, our inheritance, our destiny. We find it all a bit too much as we can’t believe anyone could love us like that. We feel, helpless and hopeless as we continue to believe the lies from the enemy. Our enemy is the devil, he puts thoughts in our heads such as….
‘You can’t do that, you are not good enough……’ etc. He also reminds us of every negative thing anyone has ever spoken about us. We sink deeper into a season of darkness which could manifest itself as depression and fatigue.
But then a wonderful thing starts to happen. The King draws us into a place of intimacy and rest, a place where He starts to show us our wounds. He shows us how these wounds came about and then starts to bring His healing touch. Basically, He invites us to a feast, a personal picnic under the apple tree. In Song of Songs chapter 2 v 3, the Shulamite girl describes her Lover as an apple tree; apples speak of being refreshed.
‘My beloved is to me
The most fragrant apple tree
He stands above the sons of men.
Sitting under his grace shadow,
I blossom in his shade,
Enjoying the sweet taste of his pleasant, delicious fruit,
Resting with delight where his glory never fades.
In this time of isolation from others, the King warns other brides- to- be in the church, NOT TO DISTURB HER. This is an important time of intimacy with the King, Jesus is doing a work in this dear one and she should be left in peace and not made to participate in church activities.
Let us follow the Shulamite as she heads to the apple tree in this next song.