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"The Desire To Be Desired"

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"I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me."

Song of Solomon 7:10


Lying in bed next to my wife she has been watching the Hallmark channel the last week or so enjoying what I will call "Christmas spirit love stories" made for television. I confess as well, I to love a good love story. It's been well said, "the irresistible desire of every woman is to be irresistibly‚Äč desired." I believe many men feel the same way. The Bible is by far the greatest love story ever told and contains within its pages love stories that movies and books are made. One such book I thoroughly enjoy reading is the Song of Solomon and as you read it one cant help being reminded of what it feels like to, "fall in love". Love is a choice but the feelings and emotions associated with true love can make one feel like the strength of love is so strong it controls you and not the other way around. It makes no difference if you were actively pursuing love or if you were minding your own business when suddenly it happened to you. Either way the following quote expresses it well, "Many Things Will Catch My Eye But Few Things Will Capture My Heart". When true love captures you, it usually does so, line, hook, and sinker as they say!

The Shulamite in the Song of Solomon understood this all too well as it's one thing to be noticed but it is another thing to become the object of focus. I could easily imagine how the Shulamite captured not only Solomon's eye but how she captured his heart too as the story unfolds. Do you know that you are desired, beloved? Do you know there is One who pursues you day and night, night and day, and who longs to meet with you face to face? It's true. Oh, to be pursued! Better still, to be pursued in love!

The Song of Solomon is a beautiful love story, a story that communicates on an earthly plane the desire of one man for one woman and the extent he will go to be with her and yet on a much higher plane the story gives us a glimpse into the heart of God and His pursuit for a bride. Yes, loved one, every time I read the Song of Solomon I learn something new, something that reminds me of the tremendous love that God has for His bride, the church, that's me and you!

We seldom think of a romantic love when we consider God's love for us but we should because though the love of God for His bride isn't erotic, His love for us is truly romantic, and as well, deeply passionate. Its why we call the last week of Jesus earthly life the "Passion Week". A love so great that God was willing to lay His very life down to save the one He loves. We can learn a lot about the heart of God by reading the Song of Solomon, since He inspired it. As well, there lies the key to enjoying this unique work tucked away in the midst of the poetic books of the Old Testament. I think Max Lucado might have said it best regarding the reading of the Song of Solomon when he wrote, "A love letter is to be enjoyed not analyzed".

That's my prayer for you today, beloved of God, as you read the Word of God today and every day, don't just analyze, enjoy it! You don't have to pick apart a love letter to know you are loved. All you need to do is enjoy it and when you do you, you will want to read it again and again and again until it becomes a part of you, until you know it by heart. That's God's desire for us as we read His love letter to us. To know God's Word is to know the heart of God.

Remember, that God's Word is His love letter to you. Simply open it up and listen for His voice to speak to you and just take it in like a sponge absorbs liquids. Get lost in His words and allow them to fill your heart and mind, and to saturate your soul with His peace and the awareness of His presence. That's what you do when you read a love letter. You read it over and over and over until the paper is so crumbled and the words are no longer written on paper but now, they are forever engraved in your heart, in your mind and in your soul. Yes, beloved, that is how you read a love letter! And just think, God wrote it to you!


"Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame."

Song of Solomon 8:6

I LOVE YOU!


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