Song of Solomon 7* The graces of the church. (1-9) The delight of the church inChrist. (10-13)1-9 The similitudes here are different from what they werebefore, and in the original refer to glorious and splendidclothing. Such honour have all his saints; and having put onChrist, they are distinguished by their beautiful and gloriousapparel. They adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour in allthings. Consistent believers honour Christ, recommend thegospel, and convince and awaken sinners. The church resemblesthe stately and spreading palm; while her love for Christ, andthe obedience resulting therefrom, are precious fruit of thetrue Vine. The King is held in the galleries. Christ takesdelight in the assemblies and ordinances of his people; andadmires the fruit of his grace in them. When applied to thechurch and to each faithful Christian, all this denotes thatbeauty of holiness, in which they shall be presented to theirheavenly Bridegroom. 10-13 The church, the believing soul, triumphs in its relationto Christ, and interest in him. She humbly desires communionwith him. Let us walk together, that I may receive counsel,instruction, and comfort from thee; and may make known my wantsand my grievances to thee, with freedom, and withoutinterruption. Communion with Christ is what all that are madeholy earnestly breathe after. And those who would converse withChrist, must go forth from the world. Wherever we are, we maykeep up communion with God. Nor should we go where we cannot infaith ask him to go with us. Those who would go abroad withChrist, must begin early in the morning of their days; mustbegin every day with him, seek him early, seek him diligently. Agracious soul can reconcile itself to the poorest places, if itmay have communion with God in them; but the most delightfulfields will not satisfy, unless the Beloved is there. Let us notthink to be satisfied with any earthly object. Our own souls areour vineyards; they should be planted with useful trees. Weshould often search whether we are fruitful in righteousness.Christ's presence will make the vine flourish, and the tendergrapes appear, as the returning sun revives the gardens. If wecan appeal to him, Thou knowest all things, thou knowest that Ilove thee; if his Spirit witness with our spirit, that our soulsprosper, it is enough. And we must beg of him to search and tryus, to discover us to ourselves. The fruits and exercises ofgraces are pleasant to the Lord Jesus. These must be laid up,and always ready; that by our bringing forth much fruit, he maybe glorified. It is all from him, therefore it is fit it shouldbe all for him.
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