Song of Solomon 8* Desire for communion with Christ. (1-4) The vehemence of thisdesire. (5-7) The church pleads for others. (8-12) And prays forChrist's coming. (13,14)1-4 The church wishes for the constant intimacy and freedomwith the Lord Jesus that a sister has with a brother. That theymight be as his brethren, which they are, when by grace they aremade partakers of a Divine nature. Christ is become as ourBrother; wherever we find him, let us be ready to own ourrelation to him, and affection for him, and not fear beingdespised for it. Is there in us an ardent wish to serve Christmore and better? What then have we laid up in store, to show ouraffection to the Beloved of our souls? What fruit unto holiness?The church charges all her children that they never provokeChrist to withdraw. We should reason with ourselves, whentempted to do what would grieve the Spirit. 5-7 The Jewish church came up from the wilderness, supported byDivine power and favour. The Christian church was raised from alow, desolate condition, by the grace of Christ relied on.Believers, by the power of grace, are brought up from thewilderness. A sinful state is a wilderness in which there is notrue comfort; it is a wandering, wanting state: There is nocoming out of this wilderness, but leaning on Christ as ourBeloved, by faith; not leaning to our own understanding, nortrusting in any righteousness of our own; but in the strength ofhim, who is the Lord our Righteousness. The words of the churchto Christ which follow, entreat an abiding place in his love,and protection by his power. Set me as a seal upon thine heart;let me always have a place in thine heart; let me have animpression of love upon thine heart. Of this the soul would beassured, and without a sense thereof no rest is to be found.Those who truly love Christ, are jealous of every thing thatwould draw them from him; especially of themselves, lest theyshould do any thing to provoke him to withdraw from them. If welove Christ, the fear of coming short of his love, or thetemptations to forsake him, will be most painful to us. Nowaters can quench Christ's love to us, nor any floods drown it.Let nothing abate our love to him. Nor will life, and all itscomforts, entice a believer from loving Christ. Love of Christ,will enable us to repel and triumph over temptations from thesmiles of the world, as well as from its frowns. 8-12 The church pleads for the Gentiles, who then had not theword of God, nor the means of grace. Those who are brought toChrist themselves, should contrive what they may do to helpothers to him. Babes in Christ are always seen among Christians,and the welfare of their weak brethren is an object of continualprayer with the stronger believers. If the beginning of thiswork were likened to a wall built upon Him the preciousFoundation and Corner-stone, then the Gentile church wouldbecome as a palace for the great King, built of solid silver. Ifthe first preaching of the gospel were as the making a doorthrough the wall of partition, that door should be lasting, ascased with boards of durable cedar. She shall be carefully andeffectually protected, enclosed so as to receive no damage. Thechurch is full of care for those yet uncalled. Christ says, Iwill do all that is necessary to be done for them. See with whatsatisfaction we should look back upon the times and seasons,when we were in his eyes as those that find favour. Our heartsare our vineyards, which we must keep with all diligence. ToChrist, and to his praise, all our fruits must be dedicated. Allthat work for Christ, work for themselves, and shall beunspeakable gainers by it. 13,14 These verses close the conference between Christ and hischurch. He first addresses her as dwelling in the gardens, theassemblies and ordinances of his saints. He exhorts her to beconstant and frequent in prayers, supplications, and praises, inwhich he delights. She replies, craving his speedy return totake her to be wholly with Him. The heavens, those highmountains of sweet spices, must contain Christ, till the timescome, when every eye shall see him, in all the glory of thebetter world. True believers as they are looking for, so theyare hastening to the coming of that day of the Lord. Let everyChristian endeavour to perform the duties of his station, thatmen may see his good works, and glorify his heavenly Father.Continuing earnest in prayer for what we want, our thanksgivingswill abound, and our joy will be full; our souls will beenriched, and our labours prospered. We shall be enabled to lookforward to death and judgment without fear. Even so, come, LordJesus.
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