Note: Most scholars believe that this is a recollection of a dream she had. Vs. 2, “I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves.” The young woman longs for her love, so she leaves the safety of her bedroom and goes into the dangers of the night. Her love propels her to search till she finds. When she finds him, they consummate their love (remember this is a dream) and she reinforces the fact that the daughters of Jerusalem should not engage in such a thing until marriage. Then Solomon comes into the scene…with all his glory & splendor. Those who believe Solomon is the Love of her life…they look at this as the Wedding procession. Those who believe the woman’s love is someone else, look at this as Solomon’s attempt to win her over.
Regarding application…Never Let Go. Vs. 4, “Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go…” She was the picture of persistence and perseverance. Sometimes we hear about love stories where the man (or woman) travels over mountains, lakes & rivers searching for the woman he loves (very romantic). Of course, the love for that person and he desire to be with that person is overwhelming. I’ve never been in a war, but I remember my father’s father (grandpa) who told me about some of his experiences during WWII as a young American soldier. His desire to get back to Jasper & see Lucille was so strong that he helped him get through the war. Brother & Sisters in Christ…that same desire that spurs on such action…is the same desire we should have when we seek out Jesus. “I held him and would not let him go…” Wow..that’s actually very touching and powerful if you think about it. An interesting phenomenon happens at retreats…sometimes we see the sad faces of those who don’t want to leave. Why is that? Because retreats help us see Jesus in a real way…in a way where the world doesn’t distort our minds and distracts us. But our goal is to feel that not just at climatic moments (retreats, etc.)…but the everyday moments of our lives. The Kry sings one of my favorite songs, “He Won’t Let You Go”….well perhaps, we should not let him go! Let us search Jesus until we find him and then when we find Him…let us never let go!