Delighting in the Beloved

Tim Brown

READ : Song of Solomon 2:1-7

With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. (v. 3)

Chapter 2 rightly deserves to be read and applied to the intimacy of Christian marriage. But to consider it as the love of a follower of Jesus for the Beloved is too rich with possibilities to be passed by. In a hurried and calculating culture with little time for intimacy with God these verses are a necessary corrective. Actually meditating upon them is like lifting up a magnifying glass to see more clearly Mary luxuriating at the feet of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.

Bruce McCormick, a professor of theology from Princeton Seminary, once surprised the gathered faculties of both Calvin and Western Theological Seminaries with a “Song-of-Solomon-like” appeal. “What we need, what the churches need, are theologians and pastors … who have so completely surrendered their lives, their plans and hopes as well as their fears … to the lordship of Christ that their theologizing gives expression first and foremost to their own personally experienced thirst and hunger for righteousness. How many of us do theology because we crave God?” His question then is our question today.

With delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

PRAYER

Give us a hunger for you, O God, in the name of Jesus. Amen.