"As Ointmet Poured Forth..."

"Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee."
Song of Solomon 1:3

This morning as I read this verse, I was in a quandary as to the significance of the "good ointments"  and so forth, and studied that out.
While there are certainly good parallels in Scripture and comparisons to be made with the holy anointing oil for the tabernacle and the Lord Jesus Christ, that wasn't how God chose to blow me away, yet again, this morning; nor is it what I'd like to share with you. :-)
This morning, as I was studying this verse out and cross referencing it with corresponding Scriptures (that help explain the context or add to it-- God's Word fits together brilliantly, btw!!), the very first cross-reference is for Song of Solomon 4:10-11. This is because, as in Song of Solomon 1:3, the Bride compares the Bridegroom('s Name) to 'ointment poured forth', the BrideGroom reciprocates it in similar terms.
At first, I was hesitant to skip ahead all the way to chapter 4. But when I did, I literally said "wow" out loud.

  "How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!"
Song of Solomon 4:10

Yesterday, I {we} saw how this is true of Jesus-- He, His love, and a relationship with HIM is far greater than anything else in the world!! But then, three chapters later, He turns around and says the same of us?!?

{excerpts from my thoughts this morning}
"...but it reciprocated exactly what is stated in Song 1:3~~ only in this Passage, Christ, my Beloved, is saying it BACK TO ME! MY love is precious to Him! It is "far better", worth more "than anything" {'than wine'}, just as His is to me!!!!!
<3 Wow <3
As Spurgeon's Morning/Evening Devotional (for 2?15PM~Psalms 45:8) ...says, He makes us happy-"but how can we make Him glad? BY OUR LOVE!!!"
{emphasis mine lol}
WOW! Just as God's awesomeness thrills my heart and I can (and should) rejoice in His love, He {actually} REJOICES IN MINE!!! WOW!
How... humbling...
He condescends to my level and rejoices in my imperfect love, while I am able to revel in the perfection of His COMPLETE and PERFECT love!

I had a friend share with me Monday evening over dinner how she wanted to feel as though her boyfriend enjoyed being with her, that he realized he had something special in her. 
I have no right to expect this from my Heavenly Bridegroom~~ no grounds upon which to claim it. I am a vile, base, lowly sinner as compared to His glorious perfection.
And yet-
He TAKES JOY--delight-- in my incomplete, imperfect, unpolished, and unfocused love!!!
When we find our joy and fulfilment in Jesus and His love for us~ when we love Him, as He first loved us~ this actually makes Jesus happy! Just like it makes you feel good to have someone show you that you are special to them- that they care for you- it is the same way with Jesus!

Are you bringing joy to the heart of your Beloved today??
Am I?

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  1. One of my favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17: The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

    The thought that He sings for joy over us is just... amazing. And not only that, but that He has no need of us to be endlessly joyful, and yet He stoops to love us, care for us.. and rejoice in us! It's one of those things that just leaves you in wonder.

  2. I'm thinking the more your friend loves & delights over her boyfriend, the more he will delight in her. Isn't it interesting how the Lord WANTS us to seek Him & to value Him & to love Him above everything. I am learning to be the initiator when it comes to loving others but only because "He first loved me!" I love this post! I may have found your blog indirectly through the Wise Woman builds her Home blog. I blog surf a lot! Thanks for commenting on my blog Katie, Blessings! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

  3. Wow! Isn't Jesus just SO amazing?! One time a speaker I heard said that Jesus sees our love for Him as very real. No matter how imperfect, immature or weak it is. He delights in our weak, immature love! He likes being with us :D

    Thanks so much for sharing these past few posts Katie! They are so timely for me :)



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