This quote from the Song of Songs, hanging above the headboard in my master bedroom, could have a very different meaning depending on whether or not I am married ... and whether or not I am a Christian. Of course it would seem a bit silly for me to have this in my home if Scripture was not meaningful to me. And most of you know that I have been a widower for over ten years.
There are those, many of whom have been serious Bible scholars and/or faithful followers of God, who read the Song of Songs as an allegory of the love between God and a human being. I have never been a fan of allegorical readings. Perhaps I have a lack of imagination. But I tend to see the Song of Songs more as a TMI (too much information) love story of a man and a woman.
But, I am perfectly capable of taking a verse or a piece of a verse out of context and using it for my edification. So, for me, this passage means that I have found myself in my love of God. I am uncomfortable saying that “I have found God.” God has never been lost. But when I saw this, and it was hard to miss because it is about feet feet long, I knew just where it would go in my home.
Do you know the one your soul loves? Thank God, I do.