Rise Up, My Love (140): The Mystery of Christ’s Taking Pleasure in Us

LoveSong of Solomon 5:1 “I have drunk my wine with my milk.” Again, the metaphor conjures up visions of perfected fullness. He has drunk his wine and milk together. Milk is for a child…wine for an adult; milk is for nourishment and growth…wine is for the fullness of joy; milk is the natural outflow of reproduction, and speaks of that which is by God’s natural design…wine is distilled and speaks of God’s heavenly purposes. In taking his bride unto himself, the bridegroom imbibes that which meets the needs of both youth and age, that which nurtures and strengthens as well as bringing joy, that which satisfies the natural and the spiritual man. In his wife he experiences the satisfaction for his longings and the fullness of joy. Oh blissful, precious thought that our Lord could find such satisfaction in us!Jesus with woman at wellCan it be? If we could only grasp the reality of Christ’s love for us, wouldn’t we love sitting at his feet like Mary and communing with him above all other earthly delights (Luke 10:38-42)? It is a mystery to me that he could find such delight in his people, and yet I believe this is exactly what he is saying. We are to him more than the sweetest and the best physical pleasures. This is the “meat to eat that ye know not of” (John 4:32). Christ bringing his bride to himself meant more to him than physical food. In John chapter four, we see that he was more refreshed by a transformed life than by a drink of water! His enjoyment of his own is a greater delight than feasting on honey and wine. “O taste and see that the Lord is good,” and then invite him to enjoy the sweetness that he has also produced in us!


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