Learning to Lean

Song of Solomon 8:His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please. Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

The Bible is perfectly worded.  It has no flaws.  No scripture disagrees with another.  The contradiction lies in us.  It was written by 40 who were secretaries for God; He is the author.  I’m thankful he wrote on my heart.  He said he’d put his name on those who belong to him.  When he writes we should give attention.

Song of Solomon is a true love story.  It symbolizes our relationship with Jesus and his with us.  The king had it all.  The Shulamite woman had nothing, but the king searched for and loved her.  She had no lineage or royalty but the king knew her.  She was in the wilderness and he brought her out.  It’s a relationship of trust and love, togetherness and faithfulness.  She had little to offer, only her love.  She had no dowry, but he didn’t need it.  He wanted her commitment to him.  The relationship is not 50/50.  He had to do far more than she did.  She felt unworthy and we see a picture of ourselves and our Savior.

Jesus is our Shepherd and King.  He requires and deserves the first love of our heart.  The woman wasn’t even able to come out of the wilderness on her own.  She needed the king to come for her.  We live each day in need of the help of the Lord.  We need him to hold us up, to lean on.  We don’t meet the Lord halfway.  We’ll never be able to meet him that way.  We couldn’t even make a start of coming out the wilderness we were in.  The King of Kings and Lord of Lords had to come to this earth and work a salvation for us.  He did it to make a way out of the wilderness.

We can’t succeed by ourselves.  We can’t finish on our own.  We lean on him and need to be honest of our need of him every hour.  Sometimes we act like we’re in charge and line out things telling the Lord how to do them.  Don’t even go there!  We can’t walk without him holding our hand.  It’s by his help we’ve made it this far and he’ll lead us out if we lean on him.  Whatever wilderness we go through, for whatever reason, Paul said God is able to lift us up.  Give all the glory to the King!  He’ll never falter or give up on us.  He’s given us his heart because he loves us.  The sum of all of our faith and love together isn’t a dent in the love and devotion of our Savior.  I’ll never be able to love him as much as he loves me.

He has never needed our input but we need his.  He knows what to do for us in any situation.  Learning to lean is an ongoing process.  If we ever get out of this wilderness it will be by leaning on our Beloved.  It’s what we need to learn and then do.  It takes trust.  We’ve all had occasions physically when we had to rely on someone to help us.  That took some trust.  We need the Lord’s help.  Don’t forget what it takes:  faith and crying out with your need.

The king took this nobody and made her a queen.  Peter said we were once not a people but through Jesus Christ we are now the people of God.  We’re not barely making it.  We’re being carried through.  Verse 5 says who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.  Let’s answer by calling on the Lord.  He’ll bring us out.  He should have our total love and devotion.

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