Song of Solomon 1:7–12 (NKJV)
(TO HER BELOVED)
7 Tell me, O you whom I love,
Where you feed your flock,
Where you make it rest at noon.
For why should I be as one who veils herself
By the flocks of your companions?
8 If you do not know, O fairest among women,
Follow in the footsteps of the flock,
And feed your little goats
Beside the shepherds’ tents.
9 I have compared you, my love,
To my filly among Pharaoh’s chariots.
10 Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
Your neck with chains of gold.
THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM
11 We will make you ornaments of gold
With studs of silver.
12 While the king is at his table,
My spikenard sends forth its fragrance.
In this passage, we see the beginning of the dance between lovers, a couple interested in becoming husband and wife. The Shulamite asks the Beloved where he will be watering or feeding his flocks so that she can come visit him, feed her goats along with his sheep. He either toys with her or else asks her to follow him because he does not know where he is going. He then goes on to tell her how beautiful she is. Her friends then offer to make her jewelry to even further enhance her beauty. She speaks of wearing fragrant perfume to smell nice for her lover.
While this is typical behavior for lovers, it also describes the way the Lord calls for His people. When we ask where He is, Jesus tells us to follow Him. When we want His presence in our life, He instructs us to dwell near His tent, His tabernacle, in order to find Him. Fortunately, God tabernacles with us today through our pursuit of Him in praise. We do not necessarily need to go to a tent or a building to find His presence. Instead, we can find Him anywhere we seek Him and praise Him in obedience, love, and worship. While this is a picture of young love, it is also a picture of how Christians can find the presence of the Lord. When you do, you find His adoration and care for you as well. What a powerful blessing!