How will you honour and celebrate your spouse today? It’s Valentine’s Day, and as we look at the poetic Song of Solomon, we see a couple in love celebrating their love and marriage. Check it out and see if your date night measures up to the heat of these lovers…
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the young women love you!
4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare
among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.
10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings,
your neck with strings of jewels.
11 We will make you earrings of gold,
studded with silver.
12 While the king was at his table,
my perfume spread its fragrance.
13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh
resting between my breasts.
15 How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes are doves.
16 How handsome you are, my beloved!
Oh, how charming!
And our bed is verdant.
Song of Solomon 1:2-4, 9-13, 15-16
Our bride likes wine. It’s important to know what your spouse likes isn’t it? Do you have a nice bottle ready? She compares the love of her bridegroom to the delight of wine. She also likes the way he smells, with his cologne pleasing her senses. She loves him so much that the sound of his name is like a fragrance to her. What happens when you hear the name of your love? Is it a fragrance or a burden in your ears?
She recognizes that her bridegroom, the king, is the object of the affections of young women. They must think she is blessed to be his bride. It’s important to consider the blessing of being the only one who shares life and love with your spouse… All of this builds up into her desire to consummate their love. Let’s get to the chambers, she says.
The king compliments her by likening his bride to a horse. Typical man. This was a true phrase of affection in their time, and he isn’t as dumb as he looks. He knows his bride and her desires. Earrings, necklaces, gold, and silver adorn her. He loves to see her beauty framed with jewels.
They exchange compliments, and she mentions the sachet of perfume resting between her breasts. She knows his desire also. Mmmmmm…. Boobies…. Drawing him in, she attracts his eyes to her beauty and he returns his loving praise.
Their bed is verdant. Huh? Lush and green. It is a well-watered blossoming place of love… Is yours? Is this a description of the typical loving exchanges in your home?
Turn up the heat and turn on the charm, people. Celebrate the beauty of each other and God’s blessing of intimate love.