Song of Solomon 1: 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine, 3 your anointing oils are fragrant, your name is perfume poured out; therefore the maidens love you. 4 Draw me after you, let us make haste. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you.
Song of Solomon is such an interesting book, mostly because it is so different than any other book of the bible. Three things worth noting here:
1. The book is written mostly from the perspective of a woman in the first person.
2. God is not mentioned in this book at all.
3. It is an unabashed celebration of romantic love.
It’s this third item that strikes me most this morning. Christians can be so consumed with fear of sexual sin that we see sexuality as more a problem than a gift. I don’t believe this is what God has in mind.
Obviously, sexuality is important for the continuation of the human race. Without men and women procreating, we would cease to exist. But beyond mere function, there is delight that can come with expressing our sexuality. It is a gift of God to be enjoyed – within the right boundaries, of course.
Sexuality without boundaries is destructive in that it engenders an intense emotional and spiritual connectivity that is wonderfully fostered within the boundaries of marriage – a lifelong covenant of two people. A brief “hookup” mimics the behaviors of marriage without the actual commitment of marriage. It’s a binding of oneself to another, only to tear oneself away from the other within a short time. Heartbreaking.
Song of Songs expresses romantic love within the confines of covenant relationship, as God intends. It is unabashed, joyful, playful, emotionally and spiritually secure. Reading this book will be fun.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of human sexuality. Give us grace to exercise this gift in ways that are life-giving rather than destructive. Thank you for this book that gives us permission to embrace sexuality rather than fear it. We offer this prayer to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.