KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE
Song 5:16 His mouth is most sweet,
Yes, he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved,
And this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem!
I got caught by surprise just before church this Sunday, surprised again by the intimacy, the nearness and sweetness of our Father’s love for us. I was just thumbing through a commentary on the Song of Solomon before church and I found the comments on SOS 1:2, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth- For your love is better than wine”. This particular commentary was focusing more on the natural application of this passage. The author was talking about the intoxicating effect a kiss can have upon two people in their marriage relationship. As I read those words about human intimacy, He was there. He was there with me in the library. His anointing only increased as the music started for church and I made my way into the service. The rest is history, it was all I could do to preach, I was caught up in the Father’s love, let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth, He is altogether lovely. Check out these comments on SOS from Charles Spurgeon.
“Look, O disciples of Jesus, to your Master’s lips, and say, Are they not most sweet? Do not his words cause your hearts to burn within you as he talks with you by the way? Ye worshippers of Immanuel, look up to his head of much fine gold, and tell me, are not his thoughts precious unto you? Is not your adoration sweetened with affection as ye humbly bow before that countenance which is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars? Is there not a charm in his every feature, and is not his whole person fragrant with such a savor of his good ointments, that therefore the virgins love him? Is there one member of his glorious body which is not attractive?-one portion of his person which is not a fresh lodestone to our souls?-one office which is not a strong cord to bind your heart? Our love is not as a seal set upon his heart of love alone; it is fastened upon his arm of power also; nor is there a single part of him upon which it does not fix itself. We anoint his whole person with the sweet spikenard of our fervent love. His whole life we would imitate; his whole character we would transcribe. In all other beings we see some lack, in him there is all perfection.”
His presence is what makes church precious. Without Him church is just a routine, an exercise in human futility. When He is there, nothing comes close to the enjoyment available in the house of God. Have you been kissed recently? Have you experienced this incredible intimacy that comes to us in worship? If not, how can I tell you about this beautiful relationship that is available to you? How can I persuade you to come near and taste His love for yourself? All I know to do is join with King Solomon and say
“His mouth is most sweet, yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend”.