Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 21, 2017

“When I found him whom my soul loves; I held on to him and would not let him go”

Today’s devotion comes from Song of Solomon 3:1-5.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Song%20of%20Solomon+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“On my bed night after night I sought him
Whom my soul loves;
I sought him but did not find him.
2 ‘I must arise now and go about the city;
In the streets and in the squares
I must seek him whom my soul loves.’
I sought him but did not find him.
3 “The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,
And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’
4 “Scarcely had I left them
When I found him whom my soul loves;
I held on to him and would not let him go
Until I had brought him to my mother’s house,
And into the room of her who conceived me.”  Song of Solomon 3:1-4.

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Many are content with their dreams, desires, and idols as to who God is or should be.

“On my bed night after night I sought him
Whom my soul loves;
I sought him but did not find him.”  Verse 1.

Some seek God where God could be, that is, “in the streets and in the squares”, a metaphor for in the Scriptures.
 
“‘I must arise now and go about the city;
In the streets and in the squares
I must seek him whom my soul loves.’  …”  Verse 2.

But, few seek God in the Scriptures diligently. 

“The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,
And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’”

And yet, we have this promise from Scripture.

“I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me.”  Proverbs 8:17.

“Scarcely had I left them
When I found him whom my soul loves;  …”  Verse 4.

And so what should we do after we find God?

“… I held on to him and would not let him go …”  Verse 4.

In a word, we should “cling” to God. 

“But you are to cling to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.”  Joshua 23:8.

“You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him;  and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.”  Deuteronomy 13:4.

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life;  it is these that testify about Me;  and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”  John 5:39-40.

“Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”  Galatians 3:24.

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”  Romans 7:4.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  This mystery is great;  but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.”  Ephesians 5:31-32.

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