Three Reasons Why You Should Read Song of Solomon

There are countless reasons as to why you should read this overlooked book in the Bible. Within this book are hidden mysteries concerning the heart of Jesus for His bride.

Here are 3 reasons why you should engulf yourself in this book:

  1. It Reveals God’s Very Intimate Love for You
  2. It Reveals the Significance of Your “Garden” and Your Role to Play
  3. It Provides Insight Into Awakening the Hearts of Jews to Jesus

I will go over each one of these reasons individually and more in depth. Just to forewarn you, some of the language may be foreign to you, but I’m sure you will catch on quickly.

1. God’s Very Intimate Love For You

The Lord is doing a very intimate thing in the world today. This book is a major tool that, when taken to heart and made a reality in your life, will strengthen you to press on. How? Because it’s a revelation of the King’s love for His Bride.

There are two verses that bring very powerful revelations about this intimacy between God and man.

He Has Washed Us White As Snow

I am dark but lovely… – Song of Solomon 1:5

We need to maintain an attitude of humility with confidence. We are not just dark to God (i.e. “sinners”), but we are lovely to Him (i.e. “a bride”). He loves us with an unconditional love that is not comparable to anything on earth.

However, we are not just “lovely” in the sense that we have never sinned or that we are spotless on our own. We are clean because He says we are clean. He sees our darkness and loves us anyway. We need a healthy understanding of ourselves and His love for us.

You Have Made My Heart Beat Faster

You have made my heart beat faster, my sister and my bride. You have made my heart beat faster at a single glance of your eyes… – Song of Solomon 4:9

I heard the Lord subtly say to me in prayer:

Look up when you pray. Don’t look down. Lift up your eyes toward heaven. Lift your eyes unto the hill.”

Do you know that when you do this, when you look to Him, His heart beats faster?! The fact that you can actually do that to God astonishes me! If we would begin to believe this is true, it will change the way we pray and live our lives.

2. Tend To Your Garden

There is almost this “militant” attitude we must take when it comes to preserving the garden of our heart. The Lord has put on my heart the reality of spiritual warfare. The rest of the world is screaming for your attention. It is asking you to come and tend to their gardens while you neglect and ignore your own. We have to be extremely proactive in tending to our gardens because it is the dwelling place of the Lord. Let me explain.

You Are No Longer Your Own

Song of Solomon 5:1 says that the King has “…come into His garden.” It is no longer just yours, it belongs to Him also. He comes there to fellowship with you. Likewise, you go into the “secret place” to fellowship with Him. This is a beautiful exchange! The Lord has given you full access, through Jesus’ life, into His royal garden. He is knocking on the door of your heart right now. Will you give Him the same access into your garden that He has given you?

What Does It Mean to “Tend to Your Garden?”

If you didn’t already know by now, your “garden” is a metaphor for your heart. Let me try to give you an illustration of what it looks like to tend to your garden.

I live on a farm, and one afternoon I was going to check on the garden that was at the top of the hill. As I approached the garden with my car, the sound of my vehicle caused 4–5 big crows to fly away from the garden where they were having lunch. This was not the first time these birds have been in the garden. We even had a fence around this garden, but certain animals always seem to find a way in. I suppose “their hunger urges them on.” (Prov.16:26)

However, as long as I was in the garden working, not a single animal came to join me. Why do you think that is?

As I watched these birds fly away, I immediately felt the Lord say:

Presence causes the fowl of the air to flee. As long as there is a presence in the garden, nothing will come in and rob it of its fruit.

Tending to your garden and having a consistent presence there will cause all unwelcomed guests to flee. Your garden will be fruitful and multiply because nobody is coming in and “spoiling the vine.” (Song of Solomon 2:15)

But you will find out more about that as you read Song of Solomon for yourself.

3. Awakening to the Jews in These Last Days

I am mentioning this reason because this is perhaps the most shocking revelation contained in this book. This is where it gets a little mysterious.

The Summary of the Gospel is Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is something that Christians and Jews do not have in common. Jews do not believe Jesus was the Messiah who was to come; but they are still waiting for Him.

However, we do have a lot of things in common! One of those things is an event that will take place, that is the Coming of the Messiah. It’s like “the moment we’ve all been waiting for,“ it’s a big deal in heaven (Revelation 19). This Second Coming of Jesus will include the “Marriage of the Lamb.” In order for there to a “Marriage of the Lamb there has to be a sacrificial Lamb. Jesus’ sacrifice, is the ”engagement" of this wedding day.

However, certain things must take place first. In Luke 21:24 it says that “the time of the Gentiles must be fulfilled.” Also, Romans 11 describes a desire for the Jews to be “provoked to jealousy.” I truly believe that the Jews will be provoked by Christians (i.e. ”gentiles") when they (Christians) display their intimate love for their Lord. Loving the Lord in an intimate way, like Song of Solomon portrays, can only be done through Jesus. My prayer is that the Jews will see Jesus as the King who longs to dwell with His beloved ones forever.

We Have Only Scratched the Surface

I do not fully understand the in’s-and-out’s of the Marriage of the Lamb or the true depth of His love because it is a great mystery. However, I do know we will grow in understanding through prayerful meditation on the book of Song of Solomon.

Prayer

Lord, open the eyes of our hearts to see the mystery of Your love hidden within these pages. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Question For You

What are some ways you develop this kind of Song of Solomon relationship with God?

Josh Aluzzo