The Friendly King and His Bride
Song of Songs 1:12 in the Passion Translation reads, “As the King surrounded me, the sweet fragrance of my praise perfume awakened the night.”
In order to get a sense of what the Shulamite (that would be us) is talking about here, you have to read what’s before that. The King (who represents our romantic Lover, Jesus) has just told her how lovely she is and how she can find him. His words are very romantic: “Listen my radiant one–if you ever lose sight of me just follow in my footsteps where I lead my lovers. Come with your burdens and cares… (SoS 1:8 Passion).” It gets even better than that. He goes on to say, “Let me tell you how I see you–you are so thrilling to me (9).”
God is radically in love with us! These are not just simply a few romantic words. This is a prophetic picture of how Jesus really sees His bride. He does not look at you and see you in your sin and shame. You are not shameful to Jesus. In fact, in SoS 2:2 the King says, “…for though the curse of sin surrounds you, still you remain as pure as a lily, even more than all others.”
When God looks at you, he sees you as at the finish line completely restored! Philippians 1:6 proves to us that God will finish what He started in you. Jesus sees the end from the beginning, and He sees you as a spotless bride.
This revelation lights us up as though we are on fire.
Song People Bring Light
We are consumed by our Lover. We are destined to be married to Him forever! We’ve been bought at a price and our Heavenly Husband is a jealous Lover. He has placed inside us a secret garden, a vineyard where only He inhabits. There isn’t room there for any other lover.
Because of this reality, we bring light to every situation. Jesus romantically embraces us and sings blissful songs over us and surrounds us with His presence. Then the fragrance of our praise perfume awakens the night: We cast out darkness all around us because we are consumed with the fullness of God.
We cannot help but awaken darkness all around us because of God’s love that permeates our lives. His love is ecstatic. His love is the light Where there is darkness, there has to be light because we are there. Years ago there was a woman at a church I went to who was talking about a certain state in the US that was “very dark” and she had such a hard time being there because it was “just so so dark.” Song People have no right to say such things! Where we are darkness cannot invade because our Romantic Lover, Jesus the Uncreated, has poured out His bliss all over us and has captivated our hearts. We bring light even in the darkest of situations.
Our very presence in a dark situation brings light whether we are saying or doing anything at all. Because of our engagement with Jesus, we are carriers of light and goodness. There is no darkness inside us at all.
This isn’t to say that we don’t do foolish things at times. However, it is impossible to be living in the light of Christ and still be married to sin. We have been co-crucified and co-resurrected with Jesus (Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6). That is finished work that Jesus completed by His death and resurrection. You get to live in the reality that Jesus doesn’t see you as a filthy sinner but as a purified bride. If you do something foolish and act outside of your true identity as a Lover of God (Song Person), give it to God and move forward. There is NO condemnation for those who are in Jesus (Romans 8:1). Song People don’t live condemned!
Because of the love of God that courses through your veins, you are a lamp to the entire world! You are a carrier of presence, a flame that guides people out of darkness. Take your new identity and be fully transformed.
Jesus has handpicked you as His bride. You are made perfect in Christ. Put that identity on like a winter coat and be the light that you have been created to be.