I wanted to share a few of my favorite verses, so those interested can get a glimpse of the amazing truths embedded in this incredible book of the Bible.
My favorite verse is Song 4:9. This is Jesus, the Bridegroom, speaking to us, His bride. He says, “You have ravished My heart, My sister, My bride; you have ravished My heart with one look of your eyes…” (NKJV)
Webster’s Dictionary defines ravish: to fill with GREAT joy or delight!
The phrase “with one look of your eyes” refers to the movement of our hearts toward the Lord – the time we set aside to pray, to worship, to read His Word, and to talk to Him and listen for His voice to us.
So the Lord is saying to us in this verse: With one movement of your heart toward me, with every act of worship or obedience to My Word, with every step you take toward knowing Me in a deeper and more intimate way, My heart is ravished – filled with GREAT joy and delight – over you!
Another favorite verse is Song 7:6. Again, this is the Bridegroom, Jesus, speaking to us, His bride. He says, “How beautiful and how delightful you are, My love…”
I Samuel 16:7 reminds us that God doesn’t see us as people do – people look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at our hearts!
The Lord first calls us beautiful in this verse. This is light years away from the way most of us see ourselves! We focus on all the areas where we are falling short and on the sins we have yet to overcome. But the focus of Jesus is just the opposite! He looks at the “yes” in our hearts and the desire to love Him with our whole heart, and declares that we are beautiful in His eyes!
If we could begin to see ourselves from the Lord’s perspective, we would stop agreeing with the enemy’s lies. One of the enemy’s primary tactics to keep us from intimacy with the Lord is to speak lies to our minds, producing feelings of shame and rejection. These emotions cause us to distance ourselves from the Lord, feeling He is disgusted, or at the very least disappointed, by our shortcomings.
The Song reveals to our hearts the truth of Jesus’s emotions toward us. He sees us as “beautiful,” even in our immaturity and struggle with sin, because He sees the desire in our hearts to be fully His.
The next thing the Lord tells us in this verse is that we are delightful to Him. The word delight means to give great joy or pleasure. Stop and think about this for a minute. The Lord – the King of Kings and Creator of the universes – says that we bring great joy and pleasure to His heart! Just as an earthly father delights in his children, our Heavenly Father delights in us!
When our hearts begin to connect with the fact that the Lord truly loves us, even though He knows everything about us – every sin we’ve committed, every character flaw and selfish trait we possess – and yet He delights in us in spite of it all, our hearts overflow with joy. He is the only One who can love us this way – totally, unselfishly, and unconditionally!