I've sprinkled little mentions of the Song of Songs throughout this blog before, but I think it's about time it got its own billing, don't you? I have to tell you; I didn't even know what this book of Scripture was until my senior year of high school, when I went on a youth group trip to see Matt Maher and heard the song "Set Me As A Seal" for the first time. Prior to then, I'd only known vaguely that Song of Solomon was a famous novel with a character named First Corinthians. For real, ya'll.
Anyway, I was captivated by Matt's description of the Song of Songs as the greatest love poem ever written and as the purest, most romantic expression of love. My seventeen-year-old, never-had-a-boyfriend self was floored by the beauty of the duet, and I read the entire book when I got home that night. Even now, the Song of Songs gives such a truthful voice to the longings I felt, in a more perfect way than I could ever write myself. I have found him now, my sweet husband and the one whom my soul loves, the one who so clearly shows to me the Father's love, and if you're engaged or married, you've found him too, right? With all the fantastic books out there on Christian dating, authentic love, and marriage prep, I forget sometimes that going straight to Scripture, rather than a secondary source, is so important. Reading this together, taking time to soak in the lovers' longing and its fulfillment, considering the nuptial union of Christ and the Church, and savoring its beautiful language sounds to me like a wonderfully spiritual reading choice as you prepare for marriage.
You can read a few of my other thoughts on the Song of Songs, on prudishness, Theology of the Body, and Set Me As A Seal here, here, and here!
What's your take? I feel like these amazing words have special meaning for almost everyone, and I'd love to hear their significance for you!