Song of Solomon 3:4 “I held him, and I would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.”
“I held him, and I would not let him go…” Have you ever longed for someone absent from you so intensely that you feel you could never let them go again if ever you found them? How can you hold a hug forever once it’s come and gone? On this earth, it can’t be done; embraces can only be held in the heart. In heaven, there will be no more tearful partings. Separations and goodbyes are terribly painful. When we have to part with a loved one, we sorrow, but we should not sorrow “as those who have no hope” (I Thessalonians 4:13). It is perfectly right to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15), and to sorrow for those we love and lose, but we must always remember that if they are believers, we will see them again. We must not despair in our grief! “I held him, and I would not let him go.” There are two poignant instances in Scripture of someone holding on to the Lord and refusing to let go. The first is found in Genesis 32:26, where Jacob was wrestling with the angel of the Lord and cried out, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” He was exhausted from an all night struggle, fighting for his very life and the life of all those he loved. He would not let the Lord go until the Lord had made him a “prince with God”— “Israel.” Oh, that we had such tenacity to cling to the Lord until He makes us “princes with God”…what we are ordained to be…a nation of kings and priests! Do you long for a blessing from God? Search for him with all your heart. “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is” (Psalm 63:1). Search for him with all your heart, and when you find him, do not let him go until you receive from him what you need.
The other instance of someone clinging to the Lord is found in Matthew 28:9 when Jesus revealed himself to his disciples on the morning of his resurrection: “Behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshiped Him.” Jesus’ response was, “Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me” (Matthew 28:10). In this case, the disciples clung to him in fear, and his response was to strengthen them and send them on with the assurance that he himself would go before them. Are you afraid? Perhaps it is you, yourself, who is having to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Cling to him until you can say, “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). Know that He is the Good Shepherd who will go before you and lead you all the way.