Loving Our Lord | Song of Solomon 1:3
Song of Solomon 1:3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
Ointments were used for many different things in the time this scripture was written. Some were for medicinal purposes, some for consecration in the use of the temple[Exodus 30:23-28], and even for anointing a King. Our verse speaks not of one ointment but "the savour/smell of thy good ointments." Not a single ointment but many ointments. So sweet and memorable was the smell of these ointments that even the very name of her love was like the pouring out of the ointment.
It is in verses like these that you begin to understand that there is a deeper story happening than just the love between Solomon and the Shulamite. You see that the author is not speaking only of their love for another person but that the Holy Ghost is writing of love between Christ and His Church and His Church and their Christ. "Therefore do the virgins love thee" I believe is speaking of the church, I would remind you that Christ liken the Kingdom of heaven unto 10 virgins and Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:2 said this concerning the church:
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. -2 Corinthians 11:2
Here is another beautiful picture of Christ the anointed one, "anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows", whom the Spirit was poured onto without measure. Christ was anointed with tears, with Spikenard, and with his blood. The balm of Gilead who has brought healing, remember what He said in Luke 4:18:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,"-Luke 4:18
He has been to me the balm of Gilead, He has poured in "oil and wine" he has healing in his wings! He was consecrated for sacrifice when the woman with the alabaster box came in and anointed him with spikenard unto his burial, and it was said that that ointment poured on him that night was so strong that all the way to the cross you could have smelled the anointing he had been anointed with. He has also been crowned with glory and honor and has sat down on the right hand of God until his enemies become his footstool. He will ride upon the clouds and return to this earth one day and He wears a vesture that is dipped in Blood and on his thigh is a name "Lord of lords and King of kings." This is the anointed one, and at the mention of His name, we are reminded of all the ointments he has been to us. We are reminded of his love and sacrifice, we are reminded of his healing, His help, and His power to save. In the name of Jesus, our fears are stilled our faith is strengthened. "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus sweetest name I know" "Sweetest note in seraph song, the sweetest name on mortal tongue, sweetest carol ever sung, Jesus blessed Jesus."
He is the anointed one and we are the virgins that love Him. Let us live up to that title. He will present us spotless before the throne, yet it should be in our hearts to keep ourselves from idols and live consecrated unto him. He lived and died for us so let us live and die for him. We ought to hate even the garment that is spotted with sin. Be jealous over your consecration unto him like Paul was for the Corinthians. We do love Him and we should live like it. Love is not with tongue but in deed. As the day passes let us think on the lovely name of Jesus and His healing and forgiveness and how he has bound up our wounds and become our King. Hallelujah to the Lamb!