Bro. Caleb Taft
Loving our Lord | Song of Solomon 2:7
Song of Songs 2:7
I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,
by the roes, and by the hinds of the field,
that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please. (KJV)
Chapter 2 verses 1-7 seem, to me, to be a day spent together between Solomon and his beloved. They start their day in the valley where he is the lily of the valley, Then they take their rest under the apple tree. From their work in the fields, they move into the banqueting house where he comforts her with flagons and apples and hangs his banner of love over her. Verses six and seven are more private, in verse 6 she is in his arms and it seems that in verse seven they have fallen asleep together. They progressively grew closer and closer as the day passed, they spent the day together at work in the fields doing the work of a shepherd, they spent the evening hours fellowshipping in the royal court, and the late hours of the night were spent in the private chambers. We see him as a shepherd, a Lord, and a Husband.
Christ Is all these things to us as Solomon was to the Shulamite. When she was in the valley, He was the Lilly of the Valley's, When she was in the banqueting house enjoying the comforts of life, He was the Lord of the feast, and in the private chambers of her life, he was her husband. Christ has been to us the Lilly of our valleys, the Lord of our feasting days and in the private chambers of our heart where no one else is permitted, he has made us feel His embrace. Now verse 7 is a culmination of a day and is illustrative of a life spent in fellowship with our Shepherd King, Jesus.
"I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,
by the roes, and by the hinds of the field,
that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please."
She does not want this moment to end, she would stay in his close embrace as long as she can. She charges them by the roes and hinds of the field not to stir up her love. I believe what is meant here is that they should be as careful as they would be if they were trying not to disturb the deer of the meadow. If you have had any experience with deer you know they can be scared easily and as soon as they hear or see any abnormal movement they jet off. She wants them to use that sort of caution, to not wake him. When He wakes the new day will start, His kingly duties and His shepherding work will begin, and while they can fellowship in the field and the court, there is no fellowship so sweet as what she is currently enjoying; so much so that she doesn't want it to end.
This verse reminded me of those private times of prayer where my soul has been raptured above every care, every fear and My Lord, My Shepherd, The Bride-Groom of the Church has brought a peace that passes all understanding and joy unspeakable and full of glory. It is in these times that we fill as if we could pray forever, we never want that season of close, intimate, fellowship to end. We say to our hunger and fleshly thoughts, be quiet! Stir not up my love, don't distract me from these hours of bliss.
The carefulness we would use to not offend or scare off the deer of a field we are watching is the same carefulness we should use in the private times we spend with our Lord. In times of intimacy, we close the doors and privacy is premium. So should be our times with the Lord. I am reminded of the instruction of our Lord in
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (KJV)
Any relationship that lacks intimacy is in danger and so is our relationship with our Lord. Enter into your closet, close the door and let the Bridegroom comfort your heart, let him rapture you above the fears and doubts and cares of this life. You will find such joy and relief in that sweet hour of prayer that you will say like the Shulamite, "stir not up nor awake my love, till he please."
We can fellowship with him in the field and we can fellowship with him on a park bench or some other public place but there is no fellowship so sweet as those private, intimate times of prayer. If you are lacking this intimacy in your relationship with him, you should wait no longer, but go now, enter your closet and close the door. Pour out your heart to him and find the rest that your soul needs!