SOS 5:2 – I was asleep but my heart was awake.
A voice! My beloved was knocking:
‘Open to me, my sister, my darling,
My dove, my perfect one!
For my head is drenched with dew,
My locks with the dew drops of the night.

Who is banging at the door? There is nothing quite as unnerving as someone banging on your door in the middle of the night. Questions bounce around in your head; things like is that the police? Or maybe someone got hurt or maybe its some kind of trick to get me to answer the door. Surely the Shulamite must know it is Solomon. This passage is really amazing. This verse describes someone banging really hard on the door, it also speaks of incessant, repetitive banging. Here is the definition of the word knocking from Strongs word book.

“Dapaq – A verb indicating to beat violently, to drive hard. It refers to driving small cattle (Gen. 33:13) or to knock, rap, or pound on someone’s door”

This speaks to us of the Lord’s persistence to bring us in closer, He wants to be in the middle of our world. He is not satisfied in being on the outskirts of your life, He wants to be in close. It also shows us He is pursuing us, John Cassian describes this pursuit in his comments on this verse.

“IT IS GOD WHO SEEKS US. The Lord seeks us, when he says: “I sought and there was no one. I called, and there was no one to answer.” And he himself is sought by his bride who mourns with tears: “On my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loved. I sought him and did not find him. I called him, and he gave me no answer.”

This is the apparent irony of spiritual hunger. We have a longing to know Him and begin to pursue the Lord. Once we find Him and are consumed in His presence we realize He was pursuing and calling us all along. We thought we were the pursuers until it finally dawned on us, that hunger in our hearts was the echo of His knocking.
He has been pursuing you all your life, each twist and turn in your journey was only Him reeling you in. This is exactly what He told His disciples just before their walk to Gethsemane, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

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