I am Lovesick (Chief Among Ten Thousand)

Song of Solomon 5:6–11 (NKJV)

6 I opened for my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and was gone.
My heart leaped up when he spoke.
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
7 The watchmen who went about the city found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
The keepers of the walls
Took my veil away from me.
8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
That you tell him I am lovesick!

THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM

9 What is your beloved
More than another beloved,
O fairest among women?
What is your beloved
More than another beloved,
That you so charge us?

THE SHULAMITE

10 My beloved is white and ruddy,
Chief among ten thousand.
11 His head is like the finest gold;
His locks are wavy,
And black as a raven.

This passage seems a bit out of place in the story.  They have just gotten married and are about to complete their expression of love on their wedding night, but then the Beloved is not at the door when the Shulamite goes to answer it.  There are thoughts as to why this happened.  Some think that the book is simply a collection of songs written about the love between two lovers, and then husband and wife.  This could also be a situation where the Beloved left the door before his new wife answered, and took care of his flocks and gathered lilies for his new wife(6:2,3).  Either way, it is a bit awkward how this transpires.

However, this is a wonderful image of Christ and the church.  We do not know when He is coming again to gather His church to Himself.  We may think we have a clue, even hear him knocking on the door, but He is not yet there.  While we know He is coming, and Jesus definitely loves us, caring for His flock and preparing great gifts for us, we cannot pinpoint the time of His coming.  Therefore, we continue to look for Him.  We continue to describe Him to others, encouraging them to look for Him as well(5:8).  We describe His glory(5:10,11), and make Him known to many.  In doing this, Jesus will come back for His bride and many will be saved.  Be a Shulamite: sing your Beloved’s praises and long for His return!

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