Our life purpose is to love God with all our heart! Matthew 22:37-38 is called the first commandment because our first priority is to LOVE GOD!
Let nothing else be the measure of success for your life~ only God's love for you and your love for God. Confess this over your life: "I'm loved by God and I am a lover of God, therefore I'm successful." This is the most important part of your life.....God will ask you one day, "What did you do with your heart?"
Below are the 7 confessions that we hear from the Bride in Song of Solomon 2:1-7. She is beginning to understand her identity and purpose, even in immaturity.....just as a bride and groom on their wedding day. That is the day of their weakest/immature love for one another. Love grows from time together as each one falls into a place of deep commitment and connection~ a lovesickness in which no cure if found!
"I am the Rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys," Song of Solomon 2:1
The bride is pictured as a beautiful rose whose purpose and identity is found in seeking to fully love. The rose is chosen for its beauty and fragrance; our love is a fragrance to God.
The bride is also pictured as a lily, which speaks of purity. And the valley speaks of the low and dark places in this fallen world. Our purity and devotion brings joy and pleasure to God.
"Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my Beloved..." SofS 2:3
The bride realizes that Jesus is the ONLY ONE who can satisfy her heart. There is only ONE who refreshes the human spirit at the highest level. (The apple tree speaks of that which refreshes.) Jesus is like an apple tree among all the great men of the earth.
Jesus is more than our Savior; more than our Healer; more than our Provider, etc....He is the ONE who fulfills all our needs. When we receive the revelation of Jesus as an "apple tree" (our primary source that satisfies the heart), then we will seek to love Him with all of our being!
"I sat down in His shade with great delight and His fruit was sweet to my taste," SofS 2:3
The bride sits down with Jesus and experiences His refreshing shade that protects her from the scorching heat of this fallen age. Like Mary of Bethany, Jesus calls us to the ONETHING, sitting at His feet. Mary lived with extravagent devotion and love of Jesus (Luke 10:39-42). We need to enjoy God's Presence and love His Word (His fruit) in order to stay steady in this world.
We say: Jesus, You alone satisfy my heart. I will be still and rest with great delight. I am comfortable with doing nothing in Your Presence, but receive....I quiet my heart to connect with God's heart ~ to hear Your tender voice. Oh how I love Your Presence!!!
"He brought me to the banqueting house and His banner over me is love," SofS 2:4
The bride is feasting on the reality of Jesus' love. His banqueting house is where she celebrates His love. Jesus wants to reveal His love for us and impart love to us for Him. She recognizes her Bridegroom's love for her as protection. She trusts His leadership.
Banquet speaks to fellowship at the table~ intimacy, refreshment, strength
Love is the standard we are under~ His loving leadership is what identifies us~ that we would grow in love and identity as His Bride.....
Jesus, impart love to our hearts~ more and more love for You, the Bridegroom King.
"I am lovesick," Song of Solomon 2:5
The bride's experiences at the banqueting table awakens a great desire in her to go deeper in God, which causes her to be lovesick as she cries out to God to be sustained and refreshed by giving her more of His Presence and His Word.
We are created to be LOVESICK for God.
This causes us to have a deep longing for more of Jesus! When we touch this, we can never go back to "business as usual" in our walk with God....we are ruined for His PRESENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!
"His left hand is under my head and His right hand embraces me," Song of Solomon 2:6
This is the two-fold embrace of God.
The left hand of God speaks to the activity that we cannot see. It is under the head, therefore it is out of view. God does many things we don't see....
The right hand of God speaks of the visible, discernable activity of God. This speaks to the manifest Presence of God that can be felt.
My loves in life: Spending time in the prayer room; reading & teaching God's Word; my husband; my kids; my little loves; biking & running; being with family & friends