Springs of Joy

Tim Brown

READ : Song of Solomon 1:8-17

. . . a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En-gedi. (v. 14)

Of all the places in the land of God’s ancient people none was more beautiful and refreshing than En-gedi. Torrents of water flowing from the Shulamit Waterfall, 656 feet above the Dead Sea, made this a home to the widest array of wildlife. En-gedi was where the desert always blossomed – and blossoms still. En-gedi was for God’s people a symbol of life.

Once a half-crazed Saul brought his elite troops to these refreshing waters only to be trapped in a cave when his prey, David, became the predator. David’s troops urged him to crush Saul but David’s God-sensitized conscience held him back. “I will not raise my hand against my lord;” David declared, “for he is the Lord’s anointed” (1 Samuel 24:10).

When Solomon refers to his beloved as a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En-gedi he is simply echoing the blessing of God that his father David had experienced at En-gedi. David later wrote a Psalm about his experience there which ends with this acclamation: “In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).


In your presence, O Lord, there is fullness of joy… Give us grace to meet you at the En-gedi that is ours in Jesus Christ. Amen.