Resources from Song of Solomon

The Church's Love to Her Loving Lord

We shall need to lift up our hearts to God and ask to be quickened in grace, or the precious truths in our text will not prove to us “as honey out of the rock,” nor the “feast of fat things, of wine and marrow, of wine on the lees well refined.” We cannot appreciate the spirituality of this book, unless God's Spirit shall help us. Many read these words...

Song of Solomon 1:7

Loved and Loving

MY BELOVED,— this is a sweet name which our love takes liberty to apply to the Lord Jesus. His inexpressible beauty has won our affection, and we cannot help loving him whatever may come of it: whether he be ours or not, and whether he smiles upon us or frowns, we love him and cannot do otherwise. We are carried away by the torrent of his goodness, and have no...

Song of Solomon 2:16

The Roes and the Hinds

THE spouse was in the full enjoyment of fellowship with her Beloved. Her joy was so great as almost to overpower her, and yet, so nearly does fear tread upon the heels of joy, she was filled with dread lest her bliss should come to an end. She feared lest others should disturb her Lord, for if he were grieved she would be grieved also, and if he departed the...

Song of Solomon 2:7

Self-Humbling and Self-Searching

Jan 14      Whence do I draw my text but from the very fountain of love? And to whom shall I address my discourse but to the friends of the bridegroom? Ye must have warm hearts, quick sensibilities, lively emotions to interpret the sayings and sympathise the tender notes of this most sacred song.      I suppose that the history of the statues in St. Paul's Cathedral, from year to...

Song of Solomon 1:6

The Church As She Should Be

Jan 9      There are various estimates of the Christian church. Some think everything of her; some think nothing of her; and probably neither opinion is worth the breath which utters it. Neither Ritualists, who idolise their church, nor sceptics, who vilify all churches, have any such knowledge of the true spiritual church of Jesus Christ as to be entitled to give an opinion. The king's daughter is all glorious within,...

Song of Solomon 6:4

The Lord’s Own View of His Church and People

Apr 7 WE understand this sacred love-song to be a Canticle of Communion between the Lord Jesus Christ and his church. He is the Bridegroom, and she the bride. Solomon furnishes the figure, as some think, and his Solyma is with him; but the type is dimly seen, it is the antitype which shines forth as the sun to the view of all spiritual minds.

Song of Solomon 4:12

Love Joying in Love.

Jan 9 No sooner does the spouse say, “Let my Beloved come into his garden,” than her Lord answers, “I am come into my garden.” “Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” When we desire our Lord Jesus to come to us, he has already come in a measure; our desire is the result of his coming. He meets us in all our desires,...

Song of Solomon 5:1

Grace for Communion

Jan 2 THE soul of the believer is the garden of the Lord. Within it are rare plants, such as yield “spices” and “pleasant fruits.” Once it was a wilderness, overgrown with thorns and briars; but now it is “a garden enclosed,” an “orchard of pomegranates.”      At times within that garden everything is very still and quiet; indeed, more still than could be wished. Flowers are in bloom, but they seem...

Song of Solomon 4:16

The Unkept Vineyard; or, Personal Work Neglected

Sep 19 The text is spoken in the first person singular; “They made me.” Therefore let the preaching to-night be personal to you, dear friends: personal to the preacher first, and then to each one of this mixed multitude. May we at this hour think less of others than of ourselves! May the sermon be of practical value to our own hearts! I do not suppose that it will be a pleasing...

Song of Solomon 1:6

Return, Return, O Shulamite; Return, Return!

Aug 10 THE translation into the word “Shulamite” is unhappy: it is unmusical, and misses the meaning. The Hebrew word is a feminine of “Solomon.” “Solomon” may stand for the bridegroom’s name, and then the well-beloved bride takes her husband’s name in a feminine form of it, which is Shulamith, Salome, or perhaps better “Solyma.” The King has named his name upon her, and as Caius has his Caiia, so Solomon has...

Song of Solomon 6:13