Date: Wednesday, May 1
Scripture: Song of Solomon 1:1-17
Verse: Ah, you are beautiful, my love; ah, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves. Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly lovely. (Song of Solomon 1:15-16a)
Many of our most popular stories – in television, movies, books, and tabloids – are about young love. We are drawn to stories of people overcoming obstacles to be together. We are drawn to the sensuality of new love, but often this is all the stories are about. There seems to be something missing.
Song of Solomon is steamy. Sure, some of the beauty is lost in cultural differences. For example, I don’t know if a young lady would consider being compared to a horse flattering today (1:9), but a mare among chariots was quite a smooth compliment back in the day. Over the years, I have heard many interpreters of scripture try to spiritualize this book of the Bible, but I think they may be over-thinking was is right in front of them. Song of Solomon is the celebration of a young couple in love, filled with sensuality as they describe the beauty they see in the other. It is like reading an exchange of love letters meant only for the eyes of the other.
This young couple shares with us two major points for us to remember about our sexuality. First, our sexuality is good. It is a gift given to us by God. We were designed to enjoy the beauty of our partner. But, secondly, it reminds us this happens in the context of a committed relationship. As we read these letters, we hear of the love these two have for one another. This is not solely physical sensuality. It is part of a much deeper relationship. Our sexuality is designed to be expressed as part of a committed relationship.
Prayer: God, thank you for the gift of my sexuality, and the knowledge it is to be fulfilled in a committed relationship. Amen.
Action: Reflect on some of the stories of new love you watch/read and note where there is sensuality without commitment.
Respond: When you read/watch about new love, what do you see the culture gets right, and where are they missing an emphasis on commitment? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.