When reading through the Bible this morning, I found myself in Psalms 45. This Psalm was written by one of the sons of Korah. And it was dedicated to the Shoshannim. [That is Lily in Hebrew.]
As I was reading in my reading nook on the side porch, I heard footsteps behind me and turned around to see my neighbor's 6-year old grandkid walking over. He wanted to deliver a piece of paper with something inscribed on it. Once he ended up handing the paper over to me, I saw that he wrote something out and glued a lonely little macaroni shell onto the piece of paper. The paper said, "i loov you" in all caps.
In the stillness of receiving this "love letter" and lonely macaroni shell, I smile and turn back to my Bible and begin reading again.
For the choir director: according to Shoshannim. A maskil of the sons of Korah. A love song.
'My heart is moved by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. You are the most handsome of men; grace flows from your lips. Therefore God has blessed you forever. Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side. In your majesty and splendor — in your splendor ride triumphantly in the cause of truth, humility, and justice. May your right hand show your awe-inspiring acts.' Psalms 45:1-4
Some scholars believe that this Shoshannim or lily was the name of a certain song/melody or a type of instrument. However, upon reading this chapter of Psalms, "my heart [was] moved by a noble theme."
This Psalm is more than a song. It is more than a simple type of melody. This love song was written for me. This Psalm is a love song calling to you.
As the Bride adores the Groom, notice the wording: graceful, mighty, splendor, truthful, humble, and just.
Who is worthy to be called these? Out of all the men you know in your life, does anyone resemble these qualities? Who could this be?
If we keep reading we will find out exactly who this Groom is.
'Your arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you. Your throne, God, is forever and ever; the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of justice. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of joy more than your companions. Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume all your garments; from ivory palaces harps bring you joy.' Psalms 45:5-8
The everlasting Groom is God. Have you ever thought of God this way in your life? I am not talking about once we get to heaven when he will be our Groom and we, the church will be the Bride. Even though, there are directions in this verse pointing us that way. I am asking you a personal, deep, really provoking question here.
Do you see God as your spouse? Your first love? Do you belive that God is romantically pursuing you?
'Kings’ daughters are among your honored women; the queen, adorned with gold from Ophir, stands at your right hand. Listen, daughter, pay attention and consider: forget your people and your father’s house, and the king will desire your beauty. Bow down to him, for he is your lord. The daughter of Tyre, the wealthy people, will seek your favor with gifts. In her chamber, the royal daughter is all glorious, her clothing embroidered with gold. In colorful garments she is led to the king; after her, the virgins, her companions, are brought to you.' Psalms 45:9-14
Listen, daughter. Israel is oftentimes called a She in historic books of the Bible. It is referring to all the believers, or the church.
The beginning of the song is our main theme. It sets the stage, but this last half of the song begins our climax.
Canon in D, composed by a German in the 1680-90's, has been adopted by Americans as the classic wedding song. You may know its melody by heart.
Picture this, the wedding song begins as does this verse: with the Groom. Everyone walks down the aisle to the first half of the song. The Groom must go first because the bride follows.
Now, when the climax of the song has reached its center, the bride appears.
“In colorful garments, she is led to the King-“
The beautiful thing I took note about verse 11 was the beauty of the bride comes because the King desires it. This shows that true beauty does not come from mere outward appearances, but it comes from the glory of God being displayed through us to glorify Him.
Notice also, that the bride is called to surrender to Him. This is a call for all the lost to fully believe and place your trust in the Lord. Only then, will we be fully united with Him in His everlasting throne.
'They are led in with gladness and rejoicing; they enter the king’s palace. Your sons will succeed your ancestors; you will make them princes throughout the land. I will cause your name to be remembered for all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.' Psalms 45:15-17
The glory of the Messiah, which is Jesus Christ, lifts up His Bride, the Church.
Over the past few weeks, and really months I have been having the strangest most bizarre things happen to me with relationships. Honestly, I would never have expected the events to occur to me, but then again, my life tends to be quite unpredictable. With that being said, I find that the Lord has been changing my eyes to see relationships in a new light.
From a different perspective, so to speak. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of a fairytale kind of romance. Something that would be so engulfed in love and wonder, that it would be found as a classic romance kind of story.
This may sound petty, but I have been praying for my future spouse for a long time. Ever since I began to write letters to him 6 years ago. I have let this future spouse of mine dictate the way I live, or rather the way I see life. And it's all my fault. I have idolized this man whom I do not know to be the one that I seek love from.
I am not the only girl that chases this idea of love. That we can be good, and patient, and the Lord will just deliver this man into our lives when we are completely sanctified. No, why should we live our lives as if finding a husband is the core purpose of why we were created?
Same for you, men. Do you seek women out to validate your life calling? Are you wanting a relationship so bad that it is all you think about? All you live for?
What life is that? Why would you waste your life chasing something that isn't going to be found in an earthly relationship?
Because you want to be cherished. You believe that your life calling isn't in motion until you have a partner. You want to feel needed. You want to be loved. Did I get it right?
You may be searching for the right things, but you will never find anything long-lasting or completely satisfying in your earthly spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend.
"My heart is moved by a noble theme."
I pray that your heart is moved by a noble theme as you are reading this. I pray that the Lord has been calling you to Himself and you answer Him back.
Let's hop over to one of the most well-known books in the Bible for love.
'I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.' Song of Songs 2:1
The word, lily, here is the same word used at the beginning of our wedding Psalm, Shoshannim.
I am sure you have heard the term referring to Jesus as the Lily of the valley. A lot of people connect this romantic verse found in Songs of Solomon to the Messiah. And as I was studying I find this to be true. Let me show you some of the resemblances between Jesus and a Shoshannim, or the word, lily.
A lily is a sweet and very fragrant flower bloom.
"-as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." Ephesians 5:2
A lily is pure white.
"-they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy." Revelation 3:4
See also, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:5.
A lily is fruitful.
"if it dies, it produces much..." John 12:24
A lily is a humble flower.
The lily is known for growing the tallest, yet when it's fully bloomed it hangs its head down. This beautiful picture is how the Son of God is.
"-[he] took upon Him the form of a servant... he humbled himself." Philippian 2:6-8
Here is the climax of our verse my friends, Jesus is the Groom in the text. This song is written for you. Only Jesus, the Son of Man, can ever truly be our first love. We love Him because He first loved us, anyway.
The lily of the valley wants you. He loves and desires you. If I could scream anything off of a mountain, this would be it.
Yawhew, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob wants you. The God of Moses and courageous Joshua wants you. The God of miraculous wonders desires an intimate relationship with you. The infinite God, the Creator of all the galaxies, wants you.
HE WANTS YOU.
I wish that everyone could get a glimpse of this beauty. I promise you, once you have a taste, nothing else can ever qualify. He is the only One that can ever satisfy the desire we all have in us to be loved. Not the kind of love that we see in books or movies. This love will change your life.
My prayer is that you return to your first love today.
'In that day — this is the Lord’s declaration — you will call Me, “My husband-" ' Hosea 2:16