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Song of Solomon 5

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Verses 2-8

Song of Solomon 5:2-8

I. Christ is ever knocking at the heart; in those who have not received Him, that they may receive Him; in those who have received Him, that they may receive Him more fully; in those who are negligent or who relax that they may rouse themselves; in those who are holy that they may be holier still. Christ is within the heart, else we could not open it. He is without it, because it is finite, He infinite. He knocks by all things which teach us to choose Him; that He is all, and all else nothing, except as He is in it, and comes with it, and makes it anything.

II. In the Song of songs, our Lord speaks of another case, when at His knocking the bride delayeth to open. He finds the soul of the Church after long peace, when not strung by trouble within or without, at ease, relaxed, unaware that He is not with her as before. Since his tender voice fails he puts forth his hand. He takes away what we have set up instead of Him, the idols of our hearts within us or without, and "chastens us whereby we have offended."

III. Our souls are not the home of grace that it should, without effort on our part to detain it, remain there. Its home is God; it comes to us, visits us, dwells with us, but only if we with diligence keep it and use it. We are ascending the mount of God; if we relax, we slip back. But then there follows a time of dreariness. God hides His face, and the soul is chilled. He withdraws His light, and the soul is dark. The remedies for this state are taught us in the Bride. (1) She opened that which was closed before. (2) She mortified what she found amiss. (3) When she found not Him whom her soul loved she sought Him perseveringly in the broad places of the city, in active duty. (4) She was not hindered by discouragement. (5) When she knew no more how to seek, she sent, exhausted, the aspiration to Him, "I am sick of love." That one word speaks all her ills, all her needs, as Martha and Mary sent to Jesus, "Lord, he whom Thou lovest is sick."

IV. Desolations of soul, even though chastisements of sin, are among God's choicest means of enlarged grace. By these God teaches the soul how unutterable an evil it is to be separated from Him. He teaches her to hate the memory of all sin, to cleanse herself from all lesser faults which come between her and God. He stirs the inmost heart, kindles her longings, makes her love Himself for Himself, increases her desires that, when they are increased and enlarged, He may fill them.

E. B. Pusey, Sermons for the Church's Seasons, p. 92.

References: Song of Solomon 5:2-8 . Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xiv., No. 793.Song of Solomon 5:3 . J. M. Neale, Sermons on the Song of Songs, p. 367; C. A. Fowler, Parochial Sermons, p. 207. Song of Solomon 5:4 . Spurgeon, Evening by Evening, p. 273; J. M. Neale, Sermons on the Song of Songs, p. 217. Song of Solomon 5:5 . S. Baring-Gould, One Hundred Sermon Sketches, p. 97. Song of Solomon 5:5 , Song of Solomon 5:6 . J. M. Neale, Sermons on the Song of Songs, p. 230. Song of Solomon 5:6 . Spurgeon, Evening by Evening, p. 89. Song of Solomon 5:8 . Ibid., Sermons, vol. ix., No. 539; Ibid., Morning by Morning, p. 235.Song of Solomon 5:9 . J. Richardson, Penny Pulpit, No. 817; G. Brooks, Outlines of Sermons, p. 290. Song of Solomon 5:9 , Song of Solomon 5:10 . J. M. Neale, Sermons on the Song of Songs, p. 239. Song of Solomon 5:11 . Spurgeon, Evening by Evening, p. 304.Song of Solomon 5:13 . Ibid., Morning by Morning, p. 122.Song of Solomon 5:16 . Ibid., Sermons, vol. xvii., No. 1001, and vol. xxiv., No. 1446; Ibid., Morning by Morning, p. 69. Song of Solomon 6:1 . J. M. Neale, Sermons on the Song of Songs, p. 252.Song of Solomon 6:4 . Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xvii., No. 984.Song of Solomon 6:5 . Ibid., My Sermon Notes: Ecclesiastes to Malachi, p. 210. Song of Solomon 6:10 . J. M. Neale, Sermons on the Song of Songs, p. 261.

Verse 16

Song of Solomon 1:5 , Song of Solomon 1:15 ; Song of Solomon 5:16

I. Look first at the saint's "I am." It is a sad one. "I am black black as the tents of Kedar." Every saint is conscious of innumerable sins, blemishes, and imperfections. The more spiritually-minded the Christian is, the more conscious is he of his blackness; and the nearer a man lives to God, the more intense is his abhorrence of himself.

II. Listen next to Christ's response: "Behold, thou art fair, My love; behold, thou art fair." This is not the language of exaggeration. Although the Lord loves His Church intensely He does not love it unreasonably; His love does not blind His eyes to His people's defects. And yet He says, "Behold, thou art fair." Though He sees faults and failings in me, He does not see me in my faults and failings, but views me as I am in Himself. When He looks upon us, He sees His own loveliness, and His own righteousness, and so He may well say, "Thou art fair."

III. Lastly, you have the Church's "He is." "Yea, he is altogether lovely." That Christ is altogether lovely is the united testimony of all saints in every age. In Him all the colours of beauty combine all the harmonies that can be conceived blend in one ravishing strain. There is no one drawback in Him. He is lovely to my mind's judgment; lovely to my heart's affection; lovely to my will's surrender; lovely in my memory's treasure-house. He is all beauty, and beauty all round, and the Church gives this as her united testimony concerning Him.

A. G. Brown, Penny Pulpit, No. 1090.

Reference: Song of Solomon 1:5 . J. M. Neale, Sermons on the Song of Songs, p. 30.

Bibliographical Information
Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on Song of Solomon 5". "Sermon Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/sbc/song-of-solomon-5.html.
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