SS 8 SEALED
Thursday, November 19, 2020.
Place me like a seal over your heart: the Shulamite desires permanence in her relationship and asks the king to place her like a seal over his heart so that there would never be another that would replace his love for her.
God has stamped believers with His Holy Spirit’s ownership seal guaranteeing that our salvation is secure and cannot be broken Eph 1:13. It is eternal, as is the possession of the Holy Spirit Jn 14:16,17. We have been given in marriage to our bridegroom Jesus Christ to love and cherish for eternity. We all have a need to be loved and this sealing fulfills its permanence.
A Wondrous God
SS 7 BELONGING
Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
SS 6 UNION
Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
SS 5 EXCUSES
Monday, November 16, 2020.
I have taken off my robe—must I put it on again?
I have washed my feet—must I soil them again? The king had been knocking on the door, wanting to visit his lover but she was already in bed. She was feeling lazy and didn’t want to get dressed. She therefore made excuses to quiet her guilty conscience, then pretended to be asleep.
We can rationalize similar objections when we don’t want to put in the effort to talk to the Lord or to do something that He has placed on our hearts. We need to stop fooling ourselves as God knows our inmost thoughts Pr 16:2; Pr 20:27. Rather than rationalizing, we need to search out the root cause of why we have this attitude. Then repent and be truthful and transparent in the future about our motives Jn 4:24.
SS4 HOLY SPIRIT’S FRAGRANCE
Sunday, November 15, 2020.
Awake, north wind and come, south wind: Holy Spirit help us grow like a plant by bringing rain and sunshine. He will, but not always what we expect. The north wind can bring unexpected rain Pr 25:23 while the south wind can send scorching heat Lk 12:55. These adversity ingredients do grow our character, although we rarely embrace these trials Jas 1:2-4.
Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread everywhere: let us ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with His fullness, so that we can become a blessing to others, a sweet smelling aroma 2 Co 2:15,16.
Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits: let Jesus commune intimately with us and taste our good deeds that we bear for His kingdom purposes Jn 15:5.
SS 3 FINDING GOD
Saturday, November 14, 2020.
All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves;
I looked for him but did not find him: The Bible teaches that if you seek God with all your heart you will find Him Jer 29:13. When you are in love with the one you desire to marry, you will be proactive to accomplish your goal of marriage. Similarly, God says that you must seek Him to find Him Ac 17:27. If you pursue Him by drawing near to Him, He will draw near to you Jas 4:8. How hard we strive to find God demonstrates our passion for Him.
David compared his thirst for communing with God to a deer that was desperately seeking to quench its thirst Ps 42:1. God’s response was that David was a man after his own heart not only because he sought God but he did God’s will Ac 13:22. If we desire intimate fellowship with God we need to make our outer actions match our inner passion for God 1 Jn 3:18.
SS 2 AMAZING LOVE FOR JESUS’ BRIDE
Friday, November 13, 2020.
SS 1 INTIMACY WITH JESUS
Thursday, November 12, 2020.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: spiritually speaking, “let Him” announces the type of relationship Jesus wants. He is the groom and we are the bride. We are to yield to His will, as a wife is the helpmate of her husband. Jesus’ kisses are His passionate words spoken which encourage, exhort and comfort. They are intimate thoughts like a husband’s intimate kisses that demonstrates his love for his bride.
—for your love is more delightful than wine: God’s caresses are warm and gentle, to be drank in and enjoyed like the wine He produced at Cana. His Spirit-kisses are full of divine love that releases the sweetest fragrance of contentment and peace.