Song of Solomon

What is meant in Song 1:4, Draw me, we will run after Thee?

I believe God uses the "love relationship" between a man and a woman to illustrate how the two may grow further in depthness. By so doing, "oneness" and "happiness" is achieve. The bonds grow stronger, and, when tended to, are carefully not allowed to be broken. The art of "growing in love" is a lost art in today's society. The Song of Solomon, as far as what is actually given for us literally in the Scriptures, has only two interpretations. 1) The love relationship between King Solomon and the Shulimite bride/wife, and 2) allegorically, of God's love shown at the cross, the Lord Jesus Christ sacrifice, our "mercy seat."

I am captivated by God's mercy seat! The wrath of God against sinners was fully paid by His Son's death, and resurrection. He who know no sin became sin for us 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Hebrews 2:9.

Song verse two "Let Him kiss me." He does the kissing first, not her. We did not choose the Lord, but He sought us first. Romans 5:8 "But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." John 6:44 "No man can come unto me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him, and I will raise him up the last day." In any human love relationship, the great desire for a woman to be drawn to a man is more than physical. His "good name" is of number one importance. Is what he says reliable? Is the content plausable and to her liking? Does he do what he says he will do? Does he follow through with his promises? To all who would sensibly approach another in any relationship, these questions that address one's name should carefully be regarded. Ecclesiastes 7:1 "A good name is better than precious ointment..." In Ecclesiastes 10:1, 11-14, "a fool" is discribed with his untrustworthy words. Being drawn by the right man, with the right words, and the right performance of his words is what is known as being "a man of your word," and causes trusting loving relationships.

Also in verse two "...Your love is better than wine." There are two chambers that can be interpreted in verse four, "...the king has brought me to his chambers...", 1) King Solomons special bed chambers, 1 Kings 1:15; and 2) the inner chambers of the temple of God, His "mercy seat," 1 Chronicles 28:11. It is interesting the follow phrase in verse four, "...we will be glad and rejoice in THEE..." Psalm 118:24 speaks of the special one and only day that GOD HAD IN MIND SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME, the Day that Christ died on the cross. Earthly made wines gladen the heart, Psalm 104:15; but at God's mercy seat, there is eternal gladness found in Him and rejoicing of the heart.

The first question asked the King by the Shulimite is revealing, verse seven, "Tell me, O Thou whom my soul loveth, where Thou feedest, where Thou makest thy flock to rest at noon? Her appetite! That which the Shulimite hungers for is addressed first. (The story continues further in her journey of "growing in love.") And the answer is in verse four, asked by HER, "DRAW ME!" It is not until we take the initiative to draw closer to God beyond the physical enjoyments to a deeper level of commitment that God's Love become more rich. His grace is more meaningful and true in our own lives!

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Matthew Henry's interpretation of Song 1:4

1:2-6 "The church, or rather the believer, speaks here in the character of the spouse of the King, the Messiah. The kisses of his mouth mean those assurances of pardon with which believers are favoured, filling them with peace and joy in believing, and causing them to abound in hope by the power of the Holy Ghost. Gracious souls take most pleasure in loving Christ, and being loved of him. Christ's love is more valuable and desirable than the best this world can give. The name of Christ is not now like ointment sealed up, but like ointment poured forth; which denotes the freeness and fulness of the setting forth of his grace by the gospel. Those whom he has redeemed and sanctified, are here the virgins that love Jesus Christ, and follow him whithersoever he goes, Re 14:4. They entreat him to draw them by the quickening influences of his Spirit. The more clearly we discern Christ's glory, the more sensible shall we be that we are unable to follow him suitably, and at the same time be more desirous of doing it. Observe the speedy answer given to this prayer. Those who wait at Wisdom's gate, shall be led into truth and comfort. And being brought into this chamber, our griefs will vanish. We have no joy but in Christ, and for this we are indebted to him. We will remember to give thanks for thy love; it shall make more lasting impressions upon us than any thing in this world. Nor is any love acceptable to Christ but love in sincerity, Eph 6:24. The daughters of Jerusalem may mean professors not yet established in the faith. The spouse was black as the tents of the wandering Arabs, but comely as the magnificent curtains in the palaces of Solomon. The believer is black, as being defiled and sinful by nature, but comely, as renewed by Divine grace to the holy image of God. He is still deformed with remains of sin, but comely as accepted in Christ. He is often base and contemptible in the esteem of men, but excellent in the sight of God. The blackness was owing to the hard usage that had been suffered. The children of the church, her mother, but not of God, her Father, were angry with her. They had made her suffer hardships, which caused her to neglect the care of her soul. Thus, under the emblem of a poor female, made the chosen partner of a prince, we are led to consider the circumstances in which the love of Christ is accustomed to find its objects. They were wretched slaves of sin, in toil, or in sorrow, weary and heavy laden, but how great the change when the love of Christ is manifested to their souls!"


Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible