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Scarcely had I passed them when I found Him whom my soul loves.

I held Him, and would not let Him go…

Song of Solomon 3:4

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When the Bride (the church and the individual believer), in her search for her lover (Jesus), finally finds Him, she held Him.

Here, she did not just greet Him, shake His hand, or give Him a quick, friendly hug. She held Him.   She did not engage Him in conversation, peppering Him with a list of prayer requests or petitions.   She did not question Him.  She just held Him.  She did not politely courtesy, she did not stand afar off, she did not care if others saw her approach Him in public.  She did not follow protocol.  She held Him.   She held Him.  She held Him.  She held Him.  She held Him.  And she would not let Him go.

Notice that the Bride did not fear Him. The Bride had no doubt who she is in her relationship to Him.  She did not have to speak a word or ask for permission.   She knew Him, and she knew that He loved her.   There was nothing tentative about the Bride’s action.  She was confident in love.

In our personal times of trial and pain, we cry out to Jesus, and to Father God, to hold us.   We beckon the Holy Spirit to comfort us.   In difficult circumstances, it is essential that we rush into the loving, tender arms of Father God, into the gentle embrace of Jesus, and not slip out of the security of His presence, for His Name is a strong tower that the righteous run into (Proverbs 18:10).

However, there is a big difference between coming to God in brokenness, and coming to God in hot pursuit of intimacy.   In our weakness He holds us and heals us with His love.   In our passion we hold Him and minister to Him with our love.  Unashamed, the Bride expresses her wild affection for her lover, without waiting for Him to initiate their interaction.  She is not passive, but aggressive in romance!

It is easy to picture God holding us, but us holding God?   Yes, God desires to be held!  Are we confident in love?  Or do we still come into His presence tentatively?  Intimacy produces boldness, and Jesus is not anticipating a shy Bride!   Let us become confident lovers of God.   As we hold Him in our arms, we know exactly how He feels about us.

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Scarcely had I passed them when I found Him whom my soul loves.

I held Him, and would not let Him go…

[Song of Solomon 3:4]

From this passage in Song of Solomon, we see the Bride (which represents the both individual believer and the corporate church) searching for her lover (Jesus Christ). The frantic pursuit of the “missing” Bridegroom is indicative of the level of desperation that each of us can and should have for the Lord. The Bride does not just have a mild desire for her beloved, she longs for Him intensely with all her heart and soul. She can not live without Him. She needs Him.

But, in order to find Him, the Bride needed to pass “them.” “Them” (who are the watchmen as indicated in the previous verse) are the spiritual authorities–leaders and ministers that we have in the church. The message here is not that ministers and leaders are unnecessary or a hindrance to our relationship with God. The point is, we all need to seek the Lord for ourselves, and cultivate intimacy with Jesus face to face, and no other person can do that for us.

Christian ministers can teach us and equip us through the Word of God. They can inspire, encourage, and exhort us to follow the commandments of the Lord. Overall, we need to submit to authorities in life (Rom 13:1) But as much as we need spiritual authorities, they cannot build our personal relationship with the Lord for us.

Intimacy with God is truly a personal quest. When we have sought Him beyond what others can show us, we will be so captivated by who He is. We would hold Him forever and never let Him go. His love and beauty are beyond description.

Draw Near by the Riveras is one of my all-time favorite.  The overall theme of this spontaneous live recording is Song of Solomon–the divine romance and intimacy with God.  I love this album!

This music is perfect for soaking and intimate worship.  Just click on the album cover on your left to learn more about Draw Near, and to purchase it!

By Samuel Liu

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me?  Where will my resting place be?”

Isaiah 66:1

In the Old Testament, Israel built tabernacles and the Temple in Jerusalem as the “house of the Lord,” the resting place where God’s manifest presence dwelled on the earth. In the New Testament, Paul writes that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19), and so now, the house that we build for God is not a physical building, but an internal “garden” within our hearts.

A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a spring locked, a fountain sealed…

Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits.

Song of Solomon 4:12, 16

It is interesting to note that, as the word “temple” conveys a sense of holiness, glory, majesty, reverence, and awe, the word “garden” depicts rest, fellowship, leisure, and pleasure. God has already established his throne (temple) in heaven, so it is no wonder the first place He created to meet with man on the earth was a garden, the Garden of Eden.

Today, for each of us to build the house of God in our lives, we need to cultivate the garden within our hearts, so God can come and walk with us in our gardens. How do we prepare our gardens for the Lord? There are many keys. One key is to constantly sow the Word of God into the soil of our hearts, to bear much fruit, as Jesus depicted in the parable of the sower (Mark 4:20). As we spend time immersing ourselves in the Word of God, we are building a house of devotion to the Lord, and providing a resting place for Him to dwell.

My beloved has gone down to his garden... (SoS 6:2)

My beloved has gone down to his garden... (SoS 6:2)

welcome home…

...to a place where you can relax and refresh your spirit.

Draw close to God.
Get intimate with Him.
Drink until you overflow
with His love.

Here are some spiritual nourishments for your soul. Read the devotionals, poems, and songs. Soak and be filled in His presence. Enjoy!

The famous soaking couch

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Matt 11:28


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