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March 20

My beloved!
Song of Songs 2:8 ESV

By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

“My beloved” was a precious name the early church often ascribed to the anointed of the Lord during its most joyful times. When it was the season for the singing of birds, the sweet voice of the turtledove could be heard in the land as she sang, “My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies” (Song 2:16 ESV). Continually in her Song of Songs she calls Him by that wonderful name, “my beloved”! Even during Israel’s long winter of sinfulness, when idolatry had withered the garden of the Lord, her prophets still found enough time to lay aside the burden of the Lord on occasion and to say, as Isaiah did, “Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard” (Isa. 5:1 ESV). And although the Old Testament saints had not seen His face, for He had not yet become “flesh and made his dwelling among us,” nor had they “seen his glory” (John 1:14), He was nevertheless “the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25), the hope and joy of all God’s chosen, and the “beloved” of all those who stand blameless before the Most High.

We who now live in the summer days of the church also love to speak of Christ as the most “beloved” of our souls, and He is very precious to us — the “outstanding among ten thousand” (Song 5:10) and “altogether lovely” (Song 5:16). It is so true the church loves Jesus and claims Him as her “beloved” that the apostle Paul defies the entire universe to “separate us from the love of Christ” and declares that neither “trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword” (Rom. 8:35) will be able to do so. In fact, he joyfully boasts, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37).

O Lord, help us to know You betterYou eternally precious One!

My sole possession is Your love;

In earth beneath, or heaven above,

I have no other store;

And though with fervent plea I pray,

And beseech You day after day,

I ask You nothing more.

Madame Jeanne-Marie Guyon, 1648 – 1717

Translated from French by William Cowper, 1731 – 1800

By the pen of Jim Reimann:

In the Old Testament, oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit. Thus, today believers speak of “the anointing of the Holy Spirit,” just as David wrote: “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Ps. 23:5). Paul in the following passage uses similar language to describe God’s great love for us:

God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:5 – 8

“Greater love has no one than this” (John 15:13)!

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