Song of Solomon 1 … Consider His Gift of Gifts

“May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine,”
(1:2).

The Song of Solomon is also referred to as the Song of Songs.

From NIV Study Bible:
“The title in the Hebrew text is “Solomon’s Song of Songs,” meaning a song by, for, or about Solomon. The phrase, “Song of Songs,” means the greatest of songs (compare with Dt.10:17, “God of gods and Lord of lords”; 1 Ti 6:15, :King of kings”).”

Song of Songs is often viewed as an allegory describing the love relationship between God and Israel, or between Christ and His church/believers. But most Biblical scholars assert that, “the Song belongs to Biblical wisdom literature and that it is wisdom’s description of an amorous relationship. The Bible speaks of both love and wisdom as gifts of God, to be received with gratitude and celebration,” NIV Study Bible.

As we begin this portion of our quest through the pages of Scripture, we will once again seek to see our great and glorious God revealed; and in this book we will focus on His Greatest of Gifts, His Gift of Gifts… His Gift of Love.

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love, (1 Corinthians 13:13).

As I read the first chapter of Songs, and the passion declared between this man and woman for one another, I almost had the sense that I shouldn’t be listening in on their conversation; too personal, too intimate to be shared beyond just these two.

But I also had another thought, that I imagine was a result of our time in the book of Ecclesiastes. How do evolutionists really believe that the ability to love could possibly have had its beginnings from a bowlful of primordial soup? How could this emotion that is so appealing to our senses, yet beyond description and better than all wine and perfume, emerge from billions of arbitrary alterations to accumulate in such a feverishly magnetic force? If you ask me, they have a ton more blind faith than I have.

I am grateful that my faith is not blind, so grateful for the facts that support my faith, evidenced in the historicity of Scripture; the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and my own story of what Christ has brought about in my life through His Gift of Gifts.

So yes, Song of Solomon is about His Gift of Love in marriage; but today we are going to focus on this truth: We know and experience Love in marriage, the most intimate of all Love, because He gave us His Gift of Love, His Gift of Gifts. And truly His Gift of Gifts is better than everything else we could ever experience in this life.

“…For your love is better than wine,” (1:2).

Consider His Gift of Gifts

  • His Gift of Gifts is better than life.
    • Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
      My lips will praise You,
      (Psalm 63:3).
  • His Gift of Gifts can never be removed or shaken.
    • “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
      But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,
      And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
      Says the Lord who has compassion on you,
      (Isaiah 54:10).
  • His Gift of Gifts is everlasting.
    • The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
      “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
      Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness,
      (Jeremiah 31:3).
  • His Gift of Gifts gave His Only Begotten Son.
    • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
  • His Gift of Gifts laid down His life for His friends.
    • “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends,” (John 15:13).
  • His Gift of Gifts was demonstrated in His dying for us while we were yet sinners.
    • But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:8).
  • His Gift of Gifts inseparably joins us to Himself.
    • For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8:38-39).
  • His Gift of Gifts made us alive together with Christ.
    • But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (Ephesians 2:4-5).
  • His Gift of Gifts identifies us as His children.
    • See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are… (1 John 3:1).
  • His Gift of Gifts sent His Son to satisfy His wrath.
    • In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, (1 John 4:10).
  • His Gift of Gifts enables us to love because He first loved us.
    • We love, because He first loved us, (1 John 4:19).
  • His Gift of Gifts marks us as His disciples.
    • “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another,” (John 13:35).

How do we respond to His Gift of Gifts?

Perhaps the best place to begin is in asking ourselves a question.

Have we placed our faith in His Gift of Gifts, given by His Great Love?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

This is where each of us must begin. And it is when we place our faith in God’s Son, His Gift of Gifts, that we receive eternal life through knowing the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom the Father sent.

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent,” (John 17:3).

And if we know we belong to Him through faith, there are a few more questions we should also consider.

Are we walking in the hope and assurance He has given us in His Gift of Gifts through the Holy Spirit?

and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us, (Romans 5:5).

Does our life prove our own love for His Gift of Gifts?

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments,” (John 14:15).

And do others know we belong to Him because we are marked as His disciples who share His Gift of Gifts with one another?

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another,” (John 13:35).

We may feel a little discouraged in some of our answers, for all of us have need of growth and improvement in our capacity to love and obey Him. But the truth is, when we love Him with all that we are, obedience will become the prevalent way of our life.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 22:36-40).

Unlike God Who Is Perfect in His Love, we need to grow in our love through the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, His Gift of Gifts.

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen, (2 Peter 3:18).

But we must never forget, we are made in His image and He has created us with His miraculous ability to love. He does not leave us to ourselves; but has promised that as we grow in our intimate knowledge of His Gift of Gifts, we will grow in our love for Him and others. Let us commit to pray and ask Him to fill us with the knowledge and ability to discern the truth of His Gift of Gifts.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God, (Philippians 1:9-11).

Oh, that we would come to His Word, not to fill our heads with facts, but to get to know Him intimately, believing in faith that He will fill our hearts with His Gift of Gifts. Oh, let us trust Him to do all we need to abound more and more in His Love each day, that we would truly come to comprehend and intimately know all that we have in Him, His Gift of Gifts. For He is Jesus Who far surpasses everything else!

that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God, (Ephesians 3:16-19).

“May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine,”
(1:2).

Let’s Grow Together!

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