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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dod-iy / My Beloved

For July, each post examines an Old Testament name of God.

Dod-iy / My Beloved
(pronounced: "dohd-EE")

Now let me sing for my Beloved my love song ...
~ Isaiah 5:1 (author)

His mouth is most sweet,
Yes, he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved,
And this is my friend ...
I am my beloved's,
And my beloved is mine...
I am my beloved's,
And his desire is toward me...
Make haste, my beloved.
~ Song of Solomon 5:16; 6:3; 7:10; 8:14 (NKJV)

Song of Solomon is in the Hebrew called "Song of Songs." This most beautiful, most sensual, most romantic love song is indeed a song above all others, composed as God's very Word.

The ballad may—nay, must—be read two entirely different ways to be appreciated. (It helps to use a translation such as the NKJV which identifies speakers, based on the gender and quantity of Hebrew pronouns, which are otherwise unclear in the English.)

One first reads this short book as the account of King Solomon and his Shulamite bride, named by him only as "My Love." Scripture's portrayal of consummated romance is the model for wedded lovers of all times. The poem never ventures into the graphic illustrations characteristic of our culture. It instead draws upon evocative imagery which piques the imagination. The kiss with which everything begins is described in the words "Your lips, O my spouse, drip as the honeycomb; honey and milk are under your tongue ..." (4:11)

But such imagery is not what elevates this poetry as the Song above all other songs. Ready to take romance up a notch?

The fuller understanding of Solomon's love song requires a second full read, identifying "My Beloved" as the divine Bridegroom. The king and his bride are an allegory of the King of kings and His blood-purchased bride, the church. Song of Songs is poignant revelation of Christ's all-consuming love for us.

This most excellent romance expresses things such as how we see ourselves ("do not look upon me, because I am dark"), and how our Beloved sees His bride ("Behold, you are fair, my love!") He lingers over every part of her, noting every detail (4:1-15; 7:1-8)—even as the Holy Spirit seeks to touch every part of our lives.

Surprising details include the bride's ability to captivate her Bridegroom with her mere glance ("My sister, My spouse, you have ravished My heart with one look of your eyes"), and even overwhelm Him with her gaze ("Turn away your eyes from Me, for they overwhelm Me"). Her detailed description (5:10-16) of the One she calls "My Beloved" demonstrates a long study which has taken Him in completely. When His bride describes the King to others, they are compelled to seek Him out, that they might look at Him for themselves (6:1).

The entire protrait is not of submission to a Husband's dominion, but of a bride surrendered to her Lover's delight in her and of her delight in Him. I have attempted to say enough to capture your interest, without spoiling Song of Songs for your own read. The best is left to be discovered.

I close with a last observation. The passionate zeal of both human and divine romance is depicted as nothing less than the very "flame of YAH" (8:6)—tomorrow's final name in the series.

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  1. I am completely taken by God's love affair with us. This was a captivating post.

  2. Ah, Anne, what a lovely post for today. I adore Song of Songs--a rich, evocative portrayal of the wonderful things of God. Thank you for giving us a taste of its beauty and power.

  3. Such a very beautiful post, just like your heart my friend. I love you.

  4. I've got to admit, I don't totally get Song of Songs, not near as well I know it deserves. There are some lines in it that make my mouth hang open in shock.

    After reading this post, though, I intend to take another read soon and hopefully grasp a better understanding of it.

  5. T. Anne, "captivating" is what SS is for me with every read.

    Gwen, "a taste" is all I'd dare here.

    Denise, thank you for seeing my heart. I love you too.

    Eileen, any time I'm puzzling over a Scripture I really want to get, I pray over it and ask the Holy Spirit to show me what I'm supposed to receive from it at the moment. I've yet to find a passage for which He doesn't continue to give fresh insight with every careful read. Even with this post, I saw those detailed descriptions of chapters 4 & 7 in the new light of the Holy Spirit's "detail work" on us. And I've already given this book numerous careful reads. ;D The "mouth hang open in shock" effect is what I get when I contemplate that Christ's bride could possible overwhelm Him by her long gazes.

  6. Good morning, Anne!

    Still thinking on this line, "even as the Holy Spirit seeks to touch every part of our lives." Going to pray about that specifically today.

    I loved your response on my blog about your life chapters.
    ~ Wendy

  7. Your post echoes my discussion on the very same book. As part of my summer long review of the Bible and it's not a coincidence that we both write about the same subject at the same time. The lord works in mysterious ways. You can find the breakdown of Song Of Songs on my page under week seven, I invite you to take a look. If you do stop in, feel free to leave a link or referral to this post as a supplement. I think my readers would enjoy your insights.


  8. You're right. I do love this one! Looking forward to "flame of YAH."

    I'm sad, though, that this series is almost done. Encore, encore!

  9. Excellent! Taking the time to realize and understand this is life-changing for us. A great post.

  10. Wendy, the Spirit's touches are gentle but compelling, no?

    Matt, thank you for the invitation to post a link on your blog. I appreciated my visit there. "The Lord works in mysterious ways." Song of Songs is one of them, for sure.

    Jennifer, I knew you'd like this. I'm a little sorry to end, too. But ready for the break from the extra time these posts have involved. *sigh*

    jasonS, so happy to see you here today! I'm grateful for your comment.

  11. I've greatly enjoyed this series too, Annie. Good to see that God is a romantic at heart.

  12. Billy, He romances the heart as no one else. Be sure to stop back tomorrow / later today.


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