Song of Solomon 3* The trials of the church by the withdrawing of Christ. (1-5)The excellences of the church, The care of Christ for her.(6-11)1-5 It was hard to the Old Testament church to find Christ inthe ceremonial law; the watchmen of that church gave littleassistance to those who sought after him. The night is a time ofcoldness, darkness, and drowsiness, and of dim apprehensionsconcerning spiritual things. At first, when uneasy, some feebleefforts are made to obtain the comfort of communion with Christ.This proves in vain; the believer is then roused to increaseddiligence. The streets and broad-ways seem to imply the means ofgrace in which the Lord is to be sought. Application is made tothose who watch for men's souls. Immediate satisfaction is notfound. We must not rest in any means, but by faith applydirectly to Christ. The holding of Christ, and not letting himgo, denotes earnest cleaving to him. What prevails is a humble,ardent suing by prayer, with a lively exercise of faith on hispromises. So long as the faith of believers keeps hold ofChrist, he will not be offended at their earnest asking, yea, heis well pleased with it. The believer desires to make othersacquainted with his Saviour. Wherever we find Christ, we musttake him home with us to our houses, especially to our hearts;and we should call upon ourselves and each other, to beware ofgrieving our holy Comforter, and provoking the departure of theBeloved. 6-11 A wilderness is an emblem of the world; the believer comesout of it when he is delivered from the love of its sinfulpleasures and pursuits, and refuses to comply with its customsand fashions, to seek happiness in communion with the Saviour. Apoor soul shall come up, at last, under the conduct of theComforter; like a cloud of incense ascending from the altar, orthe smoke of the burnt-offerings. This signifies pious anddevout affections, and the mounting of the soul heaven-ward. Thebeliever is filled with the graces of God's Spirit; hisdevotions now are very lively. These graces and comforts arefrom the heavenly Canaan. He, who is the Peace of his people,the King of the heavenly Zion, has provided for the safeconveyance of his redeemed through the wilderness of this world.The bed, or palanquin, was contrived for rest and easyconveyance, but its beauty and magnificence showed the qualityof its owner. The church is well guarded; more are with her thanare against her: believers, when they repose in Christ, and withhim, though they have their fears in the night, are yet safe.The chariot here denotes the covenant of redemption, the way ofour salvation. This is that work of Christ, which makes himloved and admired in the eyes of believers. It is framed andcontrived, both for the glory of Christ, and for the comfort ofbelievers; it is well ordered in all things and sure. The bloodof the covenant, that rich purple, is the cover of this chariot,by which believers are sheltered from the wind and storms ofDivine wrath, and the troubles of this world; but the midst ofit is that love of Christ which passes knowledge, this is forbelievers to repose upon. Christ, in his gospel, manifestshimself. Take special notice of his crown. Applying this toChrist, it speaks the honour put upon him, and his power anddominion.
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