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Rise Up, My Love (228): Would You Like Eyes of Peace?

“Thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim” (Song of Solomon 7:4). A gate where multitudes passed by for water suggests a broad gate and an extremely busy thoroughfare. For the husband to experience his wife’s eyes as deep reservoirs of water beside a busy gate brings to mind a husband who—in the midst of the press and rush of business—could stop to drink in his wife’s beauty and find himself refreshed by the placid, unruffled serenity reflected in her eyes. There is nothing so appealing and calming as bright, clear, peaceful eyes in the midst of a world of confusion…not eyes that have been blurred by staring at earthly possessions, fired by anger, or clouded by guilt, but eyes with clarity, depth, and purity…eyes like the reservoirs of Heshbon—deep calling unto deep (Psalm 42:7)—reflecting the radiant image of the Son of God. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Dear Lord, please give us such eyes…eyes that “are ever toward the Lord” (Psalm 25:15). Give us eyes that sparkle and shine with eternity’s “I love you” and hold heaven in their heart. Eyes that reflect the depth of your character and can guide blind travelers searching through the trackless deserts of this world for reservoirs supplied by your springs of living water. Please give us eyes that reflect the perfect peace of one whose mind is stayed on you (Isaiah 26:3)…whose eyes are calm with the quietness that only you can give. “When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble?” (Job 34:29). Oh, Lord, teach us to open that door which separates soul from spirit in our inmost being and retreat to the spiritual world, closing the door on the yearnings of our flesh so that we might focus without interruption on you. Please give us “eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim.”

There is a peace which cometh after sorrow,
Of hope surrendered, not of hope fulfilled:
A peace that looketh not upon tomorrow,
But calmly on the tempest that is stilled.
A peace which lives not now in joy’s excesses,
Nor in a happy life of love secure;
But in the strength the heart possesses—
Of conflicts won while learning to endure.
A peace that is in Sacrifice secluded,
A life subdued, from will and passions free;
‘Tis not the peace which over Eden broodeth,
But which triumphed in Gethsemane.” —Jessie Rose Gates
( Found in Lockyer, Dr. Herbert. Love Is Better Than Wine. Harrison: New Leaf Press, 1981, p. 116)

Rise Up, My Love (215): King’s Daughter or Prince’s Daughter?

mother-and-son-playing-at-the-john-ball-petting-zooSong of Solomon 7:1. “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter!” Prince’s daughter? Commentators generally agree that the bride is a woman of unknown identity and apparently without any pedigree (although one theory is that she might possibly have been the Egyptian pharaoh’s daughter). Even if she had been the pharaoh’s daughter, how did she come by the title Solomon gave her? Why he didn’t call her “king’s daughter?” Whether or not she was the pharaoh’s daughter (and I don’t believe she was from chapter 1:5-6), as the bride of Solomon, she would have become the daughter-in-law of David, the king, so she could have been called “O king’s daughter!”

I think he called her “prince’s daughter” because he was not speaking of her earned title. Have you ever heard of an honorary PhD? It is a title earned by outstanding work in a certain field that is recognized by someone(s) with the authority to confer degrees. Rather than earning a PhD by the usual process of taking classes, writing and defending a thesis, the person is given an honorary title out of respect for their accomplishments. This is what has happened to Solomon’s wife. Having been proclaimed “Mrs. Solomon…Daughter of Peace” by the daughters of Jerusalem, now Solomon himself gives her a title: “prince’s daughter.”  visiting-the-john-ball-zooThis praise was special and I believe more intimate and spiritual than simply a commentary on the external reality of her official position in the family. Solomon was indeed the present king, but he had also been the prince…the “son of peace” and the foreshadow of the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6). This Shulamite, the “daughter of peace” was the daughter of the Prince of Peace. Solomon was claiming her as his own in the most intimate relationships possible for a man and woman; he was giving her not only all the privileges of wife, but also all the privileges of daughter. In the same way, we as believers are not only the “bride of Christ,” but “Christians”—the sons of Christ! God intends for us to become children of the Prince of Peace…so like him that we not only act like him, we even look like him!   four-siblings-from-the-same-familyHave you ever noticed how people from the same family have many characteristic habits as well as similar physical features? Have you ever watched a toddling boy attempting to imitate the manly gait of his father? How many times have you heard, “She has her mother’s smile,” or “He sounds just like his dad!”  john-ball-zoo-sitting-with-sonsOh, dear Lord, thank you that we are your children! Thank you for the knowledge that “He who began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)…for knowing that because we are your children, we will grow up to look like you someday! “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord, (2 Corinthians 3:18). the-avenue-des-champs-elyseesPlease help us to learn to walk and talk as you do, and may we become as beautiful as the Prince of Peace! Thank you for the truth of 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

(I don’t have any literal royalty in my family, so I hope you don’t mind that I’ve used photos of my family to illustrate. By faith, God makes us all royalty!)