Easter 5-Day Devotion - Day Three
Song of Songs 3:1-11 (The Passion Translation)
1 Night after night I’m tossing and turning on my bed of travail.
Why did I let him go from me?
How my heart now aches for him,
but he is nowhere to be found!
2 So I must rise in search of him,
looking throughout the city,
seeking until I find him.
Even if I have to roam through every street,
nothing will keep me from my search.
Where is he—my soul’s true love?
He is nowhere to be found.
3 Then I encountered the overseers as they encircled the city.
So I asked them, “Have you found him—
my heart’s true love?”
4 Just as I moved past them, I encountered him.
I found the one I adore!
I caught him and fastened myself to him,
refusing to be feeble in my heart again.
Now I’ll bring him back to the temple within
where I was given new birth—
into my innermost parts, the place of my conceiving.
5 Promise me, O Jerusalem maidens,
by the gentle gazelles and delicate deer,
that you’ll not disturb my love until she is ready to arise.
Yahweh (God the Father)
6 Who is this one ascending from the wilderness
in the pillar of the glory cloud?
He is fragrant with the anointing oils
of myrrh and frankincense—
more fragrant than all the spices of the merchant.
7 Look! It is the king’s marriage carriage.
The love seat surrounded by sixty champions,
the mightiest of Israel’s host,
are like pillars of protection.
8 They are angelic warriors standing ready with swords
to defend the king and his fiancée
from every terror of the night.
9 The king made this mercy seat for himself
out of the finest wood that will not decay.
10 Pillars of smoke, like silver mist—
a canopy of golden glory dwells above it.
The place where they sit together
is sprinkled with crimson.
Love and mercy cover this carriage,
blanketing his tabernacle throne.
The king himself has made it
for those who will become his bride.
11 Rise up, Zion maidens, brides-to-be!
Come and feast your eyes on this king
as he passes in procession on his way to his wedding.
This is the day filled with overwhelming joy—
the day of his great gladness.
We were made to be His. When we deny Him, or fail to kill the foxes that hinder what He wants to do in us (see yesterday's devotion), it causes our soul unrest. This is where a lot of us find ourselves at certain points in our lives when we have an emptiness in us that we try to fill with temporary fillers. The only thing that will satisfy what we really long for is our "groom" (Jesus).
This passage is really interesting because it introduces the voice of God the Father. There are so many things we could take away from what Yahweh speaks here, but the main thing to take away is the depth of the arrangements that have been made to accommodate you, in the Kingdom life, when you commit to going deeper in Him.
Hebrews 12:2 talks about the joy that fueled Jesus to endure the cross. At the end of the passage above, we see that the "marriage day" fills Jesus with overwhelming joy. This gives us a look into what the joy that allowed Him to endure the cross was. It was knowing He was making a way to have His bride (you).
Jesus, give me the grace to move into alignment with what you have planned for my life. Thank you for thinking so highly of me, and loving me so much, that you would create the arrangements to receive me, forever. Amen.
Take a couple of minutes and think about the "passion" story in light of this passage in Song of Songs. Today is the day we celebrate Jesus' crucifixion. He endured the cross because He wanted you.