Awhile back, someone encouraged me to dig into the Song of Solomon. He believed that the Lord wanted to release a deeper understanding of His love for me. I was eager to receive the revelation but also a bit intimidated by the book. I’d previously gone through studies and listened to sermons but still hadn’t really connected with Song of Solomon.
The next morning in the prayer room, I opened up my Bible to the first chapter. The opening words stopped me in my tracks and for weeks I couldn’t get past the second verse.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine; your annointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore the virgins love you.Song of Solomon 1:2-3
Let him…I underlined those words in my Bible. Even now they still strike my heart. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty good at staying busy, getting the to do list checked off and living at the mercy of the calendar. If you were to ask how I am doing, I’ll answer that I’m good and proceed to talk about the busyness. It usually takes some pressing with pointed questions to get me to open up my heart. I think that’s why those words in particular spoke to me. I needed to slow down and let Holy Spirit speak to me.
“You say you want to know My love, but do you actually let me love you?”
I don’t think I had ever really thought about it like that before. To be honest, I’d been more focused on my ability to receive than God’s willingness to give. That darn self-centeredness rearing it’s ugly head again. To drink more deeply of God’s love, I needed to put my guard down and allow Him into my heart.
When I approach God on the basis of who He is, instead of what I am or am not, it always produces good fruit. God is love. God is a good father. God gives good gifts to his children. Coming to Him in agreement with those truths positions me to receive. It is my way of putting “Let him kiss me…” into practice.
Here is a practical exercise I like to do occasionally and hopefully it can be an encouragement for anyone reading this blog (thank you, by the way).
Take a passage of Scripture like 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 or Phillipians 4:8 and ask God, What are your loving thoughts towards me? (Fill in the blank with words from the Scriptures) Then journal for 10-15 minutes writing down whatever comes to mind. Don’t stop, argue or question, just write. Once you finish, read and re-read. Allow the words of love to penetrate your defenses. Let the kisses of His word wash over you. Let them silence every argument that says you are unloved, inadequate or failing.
May you be encouraged and strengthened in love as you “let Him” kiss you.