This web site is concerned with helping any person who wishes to develop a personal friendship with Jesus through meditations on the Song of Solomon. If such a goal is your aim, then I hope that these meditations will be of help. The material has been divided into twenty-six sections. It can be used for a series of monthly devotions or it can be uitilised for Sabbath readings for a period of six months. Some comments on why I think the Song refers to a relationship between Jesus and his followers are given in the Introduction.
Material by others, whether sermons, devotional items or poetry, will be added occasionally to the web site.
The contents of this work began life as a series of sermons. Sometimes the preaching style will be easily identified. As I prepared these sermons I was helped by various commentaries. Needless to say, given my commitment to the interpretation that regards the Song as describing the love that exists between Jesus and his people, I mainly used commentaries that reflected a similar viewpoint. Richard A. Norris’ work on ‘The Song of Songs’ in The Church’s Bible (Eerdmans, 2003) was very useful for comments by various church fathers. James Durham’s Exposition of the Song of Solomon (rpt. Banner of Truth, 1997) and George Burrows’ Commentary on the Song of Solomon (Banner of Truth, rpt. 1958) were never far away as I prepared each sermon. For what it is worth, the title I found most helpful was Alexander Moody Stuart’s The Song of Songs (James Nisbet, 1857).
The quality of Christian experience that is suggested in these meditations has been described by C. H. Spurgeon in a sermon he preached called Altogether Lovely:
'The soul that is familiar with the Lord worships Him in the outer court of nature, wherein it admires His works, and is charmed by every thought of what He must be who made them all. When that soul enters the nearer circle of inspiration, and reads the wonderful words of God, it is still more enraptured, and its admiration is heightened. In revelation, we see the same all-glorious Lord as in creation, but the vision is more clear, and the consequent love is more intense.
'The Word is an inner court to the Creation; but there is yet an innermost sanctuary, and blessed are they who enter it, and have fellowship with the Lord Himself. We come to Christ, and in coming to Him we come to God; for Jesus says, ‘He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.’ When we know the Lord Jesus, we stand before the mercy-seat, where the glory of Jehovah shineth forth. I like to think of the text as belonging to those who are as priests unto God, and stand in the Holy of holies, while they say, ‘Yea, He is altogether lovely.’ His works are marvellous, His words are full of majesty, but He Himself is altogether lovely.'
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