The Heartbeat
"My beloved speaks and says to me: 'Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.'" – Song of Solomon 2:10

Song of Solomon (also called Song of Songs) is, by any standard, sexually provocative material. I recall hearing long ago a person say, "The Puritans preached more from Song of Songs than from any other book." I doubted that to be the case back then and I doubt it still. But if they did make great use of the book they likely taught, as many others have taught, that the book was meant to be an allegory of Christ's love for his bride, the church. Christ, after all, is portrayed by the apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 5 as a husband to the church. He's the husband and we're the bride. I personally highly doubt that Solomon had that in mind when he penned his "song," but it is true nonetheless.

So while we may read Song of Songs as I believe it was intended – as a love letter between a husband and his wife – if we can see the bigger picture, there is even more to be gleaned. And that "more" is that Christ, the church's husband, is calling us to "arise" and "come away" and be with him. Christ is seeking intimacy with us, his bride.

Have you ever run across the wonderful little booklet entitled My Heart, Christ's Home? It is the fictitious story of Jesus coming to the home of a believer and asking if he might stay at the person's house. The Christian happily opens the door for Jesus to enter but then needs to deal with Christ's many questions, proddings, invitations to meet early in the morning, concern over a locked closet door (a place of secret sins), etc. The booklet is, in the end, a booklet on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus isn't interested in merely being some historical figure who died to save us from the penalty due us for our sins; Jesus desires a relationship with us – a close relationship.

I have no idea how we can foster such a relationship apart from consciously spending time with him. Be that by getting up early, while it is still dark (Mark 1:35), by spending time alone in nature (Psalm 121), or by going to church and being with God’s people (Psalm 84), we each need to take actions to "come" into the presence of Jesus. There are SO MANY hindrances to this…so many things to keep us away or to pull us away. 2021 can be a spiritually great year for every one of us. But it is unlikely to be so unless we respond to our Lord's call.

Upcoming Events

Young Adults Sunday School
03 Oct 2021 - 09:00AM
Older Adults Sunday School
03 Oct 2021 - 09:00AM
Worship Service
03 Oct 2021 - 10:30AM
Fall Bible Study
07 Oct 2021 - 07:00PM
Young Adults Sunday School
10 Oct 2021 - 09:00AM