Wednesday, July 20, 2011

oh how he loves

Ever have one of those days where you just need someone to tell you how beautiful you look?  You know, the ones where your hair won’t lay right and you can’t find a thing to wear and every time you go to put mascara on you sneeze real big so it gets all over your eye and you don’t want to redo your eye makeup so you just try to rub it off and hope nobody notices. {Okay, maybe that last one is just me…}

The point is, sometimes it’s just good to hear it when you don’t feel it.  So, try this out.  The following passage is one of my favorite from the Song of Solomon, and I used to read it and think, “Man, I can’t wait for a guy who feels this way about me.”

But lately the Lord has made it clear that I don’t have to wait.  There is a Guy who feels this way about me—and more perfectly than any guy here on earth could.  So read this passage, and imagine it’s Him saying these words to you.

You are beautiful, my darling,
      beautiful beyond words.
   Your eyes are like doves
      behind your veil.
   Your hair falls in waves,
      like a flock of goats winding down the slopes of Gilead.
Your teeth are as white as sheep,
      recently shorn and freshly washed.
   Your smile is flawless,
      each tooth matched with its twin.
 Your lips are like scarlet ribbon;
      your mouth is inviting.
   Your cheeks are like rosy pomegranates
      behind your veil.
 Your neck is as beautiful as the tower of David,
      jeweled with the shields of a thousand heroes.
Your breasts are like two fawns,
      twin fawns of a gazelle grazing among the lilies.
 Before the dawn breezes blow
      and the night shadows flee,
   I will hurry to the mountain of myrrh
      and to the hill of frankincense.
 You are altogether beautiful, my darling,
      beautiful in every way.

You have captured my heart,
      my treasure, my bride.
   You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes,
      with a single jewel of your necklace.
 Your love delights me,
      my treasure, my bride.
   Your love is better than wine,
      your perfume more fragrant than spices.

~Song of Solomon 4:1-7, 9-10

There are many theories to the meaning of the Song of Solomon, but one is that it is an allegory of God’s love for the church.  I don’t want to take this allegory too far, but I think it can really help us begin to understand how great our God’s love is for us.

I know too many times I look for affirmation from all the wrong places—my family, my schoolwork, my boyfriend, my accomplishments, my friends—but they really can’t compare.

Oh how He loves us.

 {This is by far one of my favorite songs.  To think, He is jealous for me, and he doesn't want me
searching for affirmation anywhere else...!}

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