Rise Up, My Love (60): More on Trying to Understand the Mind of God

Sunrise 10.11.13  copy 2Song of Solomon 2:14.  Chapter 2:14-17 has a beautiful spiritual counterpart in Psalm 34:3-9. If you have a few minutes, please read both passages before continuing on with our text here.

…Notice the feelings of David in his relationship with the Lord as it parallels the experience of Solomon and his bride, and of us in our walk with Christ.

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.  I sought the Lord” (by faith climbed the secret stairs of access), “and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (The Lord pursued and tenderly drew me into the safety of his love.) “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.” (The bride turns her face to her beloved and finds freedom in intimacy.) “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” (He enables us to wrestle with and overcome insidious problems.) “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” (The bride finds blissful contentment in her beloved. “He feedeth among the lilies.”) “O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.” (The bride invites unbridled enjoyment of their love…nothing is withheld, nothing lacking.)

Perhaps we might consider the effect of responding to the Lord’s plea in verse fourteen before considering his request in verse fifteen.  “…in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” What is it in the secret places of access and intimacy with God that would make us turn our faces away?  Is it what our Lord reveals to us that leaves us afraid to look? “I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places” (Isaiah 45:3); “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Dueteronomy 29:29). His secrets are great treasures, and the effect is that we should reverence and obey him. DSCF1149 copyI believe the secret riches are revelations of himself and his love for us…to be able to understand things from God’s perspective. What is the cry of our hearts? “That I may know him!” (Philippians 3:10). What is the mystery Paul longed to pass on to the Church?  That we “may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19).

Why does God want us to “let me see thy face”?  So that we may gaze upon him.  So that we may look into his eyes of love and know him…understand him…become intimate with him…speak to him…understand the mystery of the ages… recognize and embrace his perfect love! DSCN8748 copyWhat makes us afraid when we look into his eyes?  I think it is the darkness and lack of love in our own hearts!  We know how unworthy and impure our own hearts are, and we are ashamed to have him see into us!  But, what does he say?  “Sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” He does not condemn us for our lack; he loves us so wondrously that he finds any glimmer of devotion “comely.” All he asks is for us to look! Sun copyAnd, what is the effect of responding to his tender plea? Oh the transformation that takes place as we gaze upon our King of Beauty!  “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”  For all who seek, find.  All who look are lightened, and those who dare to gaze upon the face of infinite love will find their eyes blinded to all else…their faces shining like Moses’…glowing like the city set on a hill…blazing with his holy radiance. DSCF6676 copy