READ : Song of Solomon 4
You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride … (v. 9)
My heart is moved in two directions today. Reading these verses through a Christ-lens, I am moved to sing aloud the great German hymn Fairest Lord Jesus: “Beautiful Savior … praise, adoration, now and forevermore be Thine.” Philips Brooks, a famous American preacher of the 19th century, once wrote to a friend, “He (Christ Jesus) is the realest thing in the world to me.” I am not sure that “realest” is actually a word. I am, however, sure that it expresses a noble sentiment.
But I am also moved by these lines to pray that God would awaken a similar affection in the hearts of every couple standing at a wedding altar to announce to one another, their families, and all who will hear, “I do!” and “I will!” Ezra Pound once said, “There is nothing more socially radical than to remain faithful in your marriage.” I want my three married children to be trained by these Scriptures to see the unique beauty captured in the lives of the ones God has brought to them as “helpers fit for them,” and then to have the words to speak their love without embarrassment.
May each husband and wife – and all who follow Jesus – have ravished hearts!
Ravish our hearts, O God, with all appropriate love and affection. Amen.