Jesus Creed

Song of Songs 1:2-4, the words of the young woman, reads:
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the maidens love you!
4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
We rejoice and delight in you;
we will praise your love more than wine.
How right they are to adore you!

Almost like Genesis 1:1, the Song bursts into creative energy and action. The woman desires her young lover — almost as if she is thinking about him (even though he’s near her). A woman’s desire for the kisses — and her comparison of those kisses to the delight of wine because both wine and love intoxicate — her delight in the fragrance of his perfumes and even more in his very name elevate her into a state of realizing what she’s got in her lover. “No wonder the maidens love you!”
With all this attraction to the young man, she urges him to take her away — let us hold hands and run off — or let him pull me as only a lover can pull his lover. “Let the king,” she says, “bring me into his chambers.” We will enjoy one another so much, she says, that we will end up counting kisses as more delightful than (good) wine.
All of us, she says, adore you (her royal lover) and there are good reasons to adore him.
Love sees the grandeur, the beauty, the privilege, and the pleasure of the other. “Tell him” some current love song exhorts its listeners. She does. It’s a good thing to exult in the one you love.

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