Song of Solomon 6 has the maiden still looking for her beloved who seems to be lost. She believes he has “gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies”. This would indicate that he is taking care of his responsibility to feed the flocks but also that he was thinking of her in gathering lilies. She believes the best in Him, even though she doesn’t know where he might be. That’s what trust is all about – believing the best about someone in the absence of facts or knowledge. Trust is given, not earned.
She makes it clear that there was no question in her commitment to her beloved, nor in his toward her. “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”. This is the perfect picture of what marriage should look like, and also our relationship with Christ. Without a doubt He never gives up on us, but do we always treat him the same way? Jesus paid the ultimate price for us on the Cross, and His steadfast love for us will never change. We need to be sure we don’t waver in that relationship with him, as well as the relationship with our spouse.
The concept of oneness is a very important concept for us to grab on to. The maiden sensed and valued their spiritual, emotional, physical, and life connection. From the Apostle Paul’s strong and repeated exhortations of this principle of oneness to husbands, we understand that women tend to sense and value oneness in marriage by instinct; men have to learn to sense and value it. Oneness only happens as we invest and spend intentional time to create it. But it is a vital part of our marriage relationship and something worth all the investment we make.
She goes on to say “Turn away your eyes from me, for they overwhelm me”. Spurgeon related these words to Jesus and the church, noting that Jesus is overcome with love when He looks upon the church. This was true before the incarnation, as He walked this earth, and now that He has ascended into heaven.
- The eyes that show repentance overcome Him.
- The eyes that mourn over sin overcome Him.
- The eyes that look to Jesus for salvation overcome Him.
- The eyes that long for assurance of salvation overcome Him.
- The eyes that trust Him and look to Him for all provision overcome Him.
- They eyes of prayer overcome Him.
Our Savior has His eyes on us, and He is watching and listening to see where our eyes go, to and fro, and whether we are solely looking and depending on Him!