As I listened to the dawn chorus this morning these verses came into my mind…
‘My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’
Her lover has come so joyfully to meet her ‘leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills’ and he looks through the window and invites his beloved to come and enjoy the spring with him.
Friends, each day Jesus invites us too, He comes joyfully to greet us, looking in at the windows of our soul with these gentle, loving words…
’Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Come away from the cares and anxieties that this world brings, come away from all that is crowding into your life and sit a while with Me.
‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’
Come and find rest in His presence and joy in His love!
Will you come Friend? Will you choose Jesus over your phone, that book or your to do list?
(Friends, these things are not necessarily bad but they are if they come before God.)
Go with Him Friend, talk with Him in prayer and hear Him speak to you through His word until you can say with the Beloved ‘His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.’
There’s no greater joy here on earth than to experience the sweetness of His lips and the love of His words!
Friends, let’s be always seeking these blessings, so that we can say with Jeremiah ‘Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.’
And with the psalmist…
‘How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’
Friends ‘His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend..’
Is He yours?
Songs 2:10-13, 5:16, Matt 11:28, Jer 15:16, Ps 119:103.