Song 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
For your love is better than wine.
It’s funny how awkward people get around intimacy, especially spiritual intimacy. Most folks are okay with sermons, singing, and even good works that are associated with spiritual activities. Many people are even making ministry to the poor part of their holiday family activities. Now I don’t have a problem with that, (we have ministries to the poor and a rehab connected to our church) I just think it is humorous to see people start to squirm during intimate times of worship. I’m sure it happens at our Airline campus but it is much more obvious at our smaller North Shore location. It is so predictable, the Holy Spirit falls during worship and the congregation begins to respond to Him. Many times the visitors seem a little stressed until they are able to enter in. Why is that? Actually it is because human nature has no trouble with religious activities, it is real affection that causes the problems. Charles Spurgeon wrote a powerful devotion about spiritual kisses, enjoy this brief quote.
“By kisses we suppose to be intended those varied manifestations of affection by which the believer is made to enjoy the love of Jesus. The kiss of reconciliation we enjoyed at our conversion, and it was sweet as honey dropping from the comb. The kiss of acceptance is still warm on our brow, as we know that he hath accepted our persons and our works through rich grace. The kiss of daily, present communion, is that which we pant after to be repeated day after day, till it is changed into the kiss of reception, which removes the soul from earth, and the kiss of consummation which fills it with the joy of heaven. Faith is our walk, but fellowship sensibly felt is our rest. Faith is the road, but communion with Jesus is the well from which the pilgrim drinks. O lover of our souls, be not strange to us; let the lips of thy blessing meet the lips of our asking; let the lips of thy fulness touch the lips of our need, and straightway the kiss will be effected.”
Years ago our worship leader started doing a song by David Ruis that said something about The Lord kissing us with the “kisses of His mouth”. You would have thought the song leader had used profanity. Some people really got “their knickers in a bunch” over that one. Times have changed at our church, today spiritual intimacy and the kisses of heaven are a part of our vocabulary. I love Spurgeon’s twist on the Master’s kisses; the kiss of reconciliation, the kiss of acceptance, the kiss of daily communion, and the unspeakable kiss of reception as we enter into the eternal joy of The Lord. If you are lonely, afraid, worried, or depressed all you really need is a kiss. It reminds me of the power of my mother’s kiss when I fell and hurt my knee. One kiss and I would be back in the game. Let Him kiss you with the kisses of His mouth.