Study 2 PERSONAL COMMUNION WITH THE LORD
THE SONG OF SOLOMON
by Francis Dixon
Key-verse: “Take me away with you - let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine” (Song of Songs 1:4)
In this verse the bride (the believer) is speaking to her bridegroom (Christ) about her personal communion with him. What do we know of personal, day by day communion with the Lord? It is possible to know about Him and yet not to know Him; and it is also possible to know Him just a little or to know Him really well - look up and compare John 14:9 and Philippians 3:10. This study emphasises the importance of these matters and leads us to consider the following points:-
1. THE ONE WITH WHOM WE ENJOY COMMUNION IS THE KING
See how the verse reads: “Take me away with you: let the king bring me into his chambers …” Pause for a moment and think of the wonder of this. In this love story, Solomon is the king, and here we are told that he went forth in royal splendour to meet his bride. But we have a greater king than Solomon (Matthew 12:42). Our king is the Lord Jesus, the royal king of eternity, who was born king and was majestic in His life and death. He is king now in Heaven, and one day He will manifest Himself as King of kings and Lord of lords - look up Revelation 19:16. What a privilege it is for us to enjoy holy and intimate communion with Him! Are we doing this, or are we too busy? Are we on speaking terms with Him? How well do we know Him? (Luke 10:38-42).
2. THE DESIRE FOR COMMUNION IS STIMULATED WITHIN US AS WE MEDITATE UPON THE KING’S LOVE AND AFFECTION FOR US
Notice the words: “Take me, let us hurry…” The king, who is the bridegroom, is coming out to meet his bride, the one he loves so much. He is resplendent in his royal robes. The bride looks at him and she longs for him and cries out, “Take me away with you…” – look also at verses 2 and 3 and the first part of verse 4. It is as we think of Him and meditate upon the Lord’s love for us that we long to be with Him and to be alone with Him, and that we find ourselves saying to Him, “Take me…” (”draw me…” KJV) This drawing is the work of the Holy Spirit (Psalm 104:34), and compare John 16:14. There is nothing magical or mystical about this, for the Holy Spirit draws us to Christ when we read His Word and when we seek His face.
3. THIS COMMUNION WITH THE KING HAS TO BE SOUGHT AND CULTIVATED
When we see the King in His beauty and the desire for Him wells up within us, it is then that we cry out: “Draw me…” However, we not only express this desire, but the desire is translated into action, and we go on to run after Him. Notice that it does not say, “Draw me, and we will run to the meetings… we will go to church …” All these may be included, and may be good, but it is the Lord Himself we want, it is communion with Him; and this is something that has to be sought and cultivated and planned for. We must take time to be holy. That may sound old-fashioned, but it is the heart of the matter.
4. THIS COMMUNION IS A VERY SACRED, SECRET AND INTIMATE EXPERIENCE
Notice the words: “Let the king bring me into his chambers.” Do you see the picture? The road is crowded, the king is coming to meet his bride and there are people everywhere. The bride sees him and she longs for him, so she runs to him, and then what? Do they stay together in the crowd? No, they get away from the crowd and go into a secret place - “Let the king bring me into his chambers” - the place of personal and private communion with the Lord Himself - look up and compare Matthew 6:6; 14:22-23; Mark 1:35; 3:13-14. What the Lord wants most of all is to have us just for Himself. It is not our service that He first wants, it is ourselves - look up Mark 6:30-32.
5. ONLY IN SECRET COMMUNION WITH CHRIST DO WE EXPERIENCE TRUE JOY
“Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you…” or, as one translation puts it, “we will thrill with delight!” This is “an inexpressible and glorious joy…” (1 Peter 1:8). This is the joy of the Lord, His joy, bestowed by Him and received from Him (John 15:11; 16:22 and 24).
6. COMMUNION WITH CHRIST SURPASSES THE HIGHEST FORMS OF EARTHLY JOY
Notice that the verse goes on: ”We will praise your love more than wine…” Wine is often used in scripture to represent the chief of earthly luxuries. The love of Jesus, communion with Him, is more wonderful than anything that earth can offer. Of course, this does not make sense to one who is not yet a Christian; the words of the hymn are right – “The love of Jesus, what it is, none but His loved ones know.” Do you find your chief delight in the Lord Himself? - not in the world, not in things, not even in the Lord’s people, but in Him? – look up Psalm 16:11 and Habakkuk 3:17-18.
7. COMMUNION WITH THE LORD LEADS TO TRUE SPIRITUALITY AND HOLINESS OF LIFE
The words “How right they are to adore you!” may be literally rendered, “they love you uprightly.” In other words, when we really come to know the Lord our love is purified and our lives are sanctified because of our intimate fellowship with Him - look up 2 Corinthians 3:18 for the scripture teaching with regard to this. What it really means is: if we spend much time with the Lord we shall become like the Lord. This will be the reflex result of our communion and fellowship with Him.
In the Amplified Bible the variant reading of the last part of our key-verse is most helpful: “The upright (are not offended at your choice, but they sincerely) love you.” In other words, to come into real communion with the Lord Jesus means to love His will, to accept His will and to believe that it is always, as we are told in Romans 12:2, “his good, pleasing and perfect will.”