"...when I found the One my heart loves,
This verse comes after a season of her lover withdrawing his Presence from her... in Song of Songs 2:8-15 Jesus has called her to a new season~ a challenging one and the Shulamite (bride) is hesitant and by the end of Song of Solomon 2, she tells her lover to "turn, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills," verse 17. It is time for her to leave her comfort zone and go with Jesus to the mountains of obedience. She is seeing her lover in a new way~ up to this point, she was in a place of resting with Him, enjoying the love of intimacy and now He is calling her to a new place. The mountains speak to a new assignment; challenges; something costly and the Shulamite retreats and refuses to go...
Chapter 3 begins with Jesus withdrawing His presence from her. "All night long on my bed I looked for the One my heart loves; I looked for Him, but did not find Him," verse 1. The bride has realized that the cost of obedience is high, but the cost of disobedience is higher. In her desperation for her Lover, she arises to look for Him throughout the city. The pain of losing His presence motivates her to get up and leave the comfort zone.
We see here the Spiritual Principle of Hunger: If there is something in the Word we cannot live without, we will receive it in due time. However, if there is something we can live without, we will go without it. If you want something in God's heart so much that you cannot live without it, you will receive it!
The bride has a new resolution to hold onto Jesus with a determination that results from her painful season of struggle. From this point on in the Song, she NEVER LETS GO OF HIM!
The Jesus Culture song, "Dance With Me" speaks to this new resolve of the bride's heart. She will go to the mountains; she will take the risk; she will trust His leadership; she will step out in obedience and faith.