AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SONG OF SOLOMON:
I’m going to date myself a bit, but there was a song recorded by The Weavers in 1950, which later became a top Billboard hit in 1957 by Jimmie Rodgers:
“Sweeter Than Wine”
Well, when I was a young man and never been kissed
I got to think’in it over how much I had missed.
So I got me a girl and I kissed her and then, and then
Oh, lordy, well I kissed her again.
Because she had kisses sweeter than wine
She had, mmm, mmm, kisses
sweeter than wine.
(Sweeter than wine)
There are different interpretations Bible Scholars point to in the Song of Solomon–Song of Songs–The Canticle.
The three main theories: [i] See Footnotes
The Allegorical = Between God and Israel, or Jesus and His Bride the Church.
The Literal = A series of LOVE POEMS or SONGS between a husband and wife with God’s teaching on MARRIAGE.
The Typical = A POEM reflecting Solomons actual experiences of warm human emotions derived from devotion.
All three have significance when it comes to RELATIONSHIP. However, with the Holy Spirit’s prompting… I’m going to stick to the Love between Jesus and His Church theory.
A Love Song…Literally Not Being Ignored!
Song of Solomon is a LOVE SONG between a man and a woman.
The Bible also provides a picture of intimate love between God and His people, between Christ and the Church. In the literal meaning, we can learn much of our spiritual love walk (relationship) with our Lord.
The Bible is all about a Divine Romance – starting with the Marriage of Adam and Eve and ending with the Marriage of Christ and His Bride.
We, the church, are the Bride of Christ, He is the Bridegroom (1 Corinthians 11:1-3; Ephesians 5:22; Rev. 19:7, 8; 21:9, 22:7).
The LOVE LANGUAGE:
The Holy Love language used in Song of Solomon is communicated for every believer in Christ Jesus; a super natural connection directed to his/her heart from our Lord Jesus. It displays the intensity of Christ’s LOVE for His Bride, the Church. And by the way, His intensity…His passion, doesn’t diminish!
John Gill takes it a step further: [ii]
The church expresses her strong desires and most ardent wishes, for some fresh discoveries of the Love of Christ to her, and therefore needs the strongest language to express it
A MARRIAGE METAPHOR:
Isaiah 54:a, N.L.T. – “For your Creator will be your husband…”
Matthew 9:15, N.L.T. – [Jesus speaking] “Do wedding guest mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
Ephesians 5:25-26, N.L.T. –  “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church! He gave up His life for her.  To make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.”
The Song of Solomon is a picture of a beautiful relationship between husband and wife, and also an allegory of our loving relationship with Jesus, our Savior. BOTH! God wants us to have a happy, holy, and passionate relationship in our marriages, at any age of our lives.
THE NAME OF JESUS LISTED IN THE SONG…
1. The King (1:4).
2. You whom I love (1:7) – We LOVE because He first loved us. – Preach the Cross!
3. The Shepherd (1:7).
4. The Beloved (1:16) – Mentioned 38 times in this song.
5. The Rose of Sharon (2:1) – Telling us He is precious.
6. The Lily of the Valleys (2:1) – Telling us He is beautiful to look at.
7. The One I love (3:1-3).
8. The Chief among 10,000 (5:10).
9. Altogether lovely (5:16).
10. My Friend (5:16).
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! [she cries. Then, realizing that solomon has arrived and has heard her speech, she turns to him and adds] For your LOVE IS BETTER THAN WINE!” (Song of solomon 1:2 AMP)
The kiss in that day was the pledge of peace, a token of peace. Solomon’s very name means peace. He was a prince of peace and he ruled in Jerusalem, the city of peace. The Shulamite girl is the daughter of peace.
The kiss indicates the existence of a very personal, close relationship, such as the Lord Jesus has with His own. He is able to communicate His message personally to you and me through the Word of God. That is why there needs to be a return to a study of the Word of God–more than just learning the mechanics of the Bible, or even memorizing the Word, but a personal relationship with Him, so that He can speak through His Word to hearts. “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!” He has spoken peace the human heart.
A Sunday Testimony–My Best Friend! [See Footnote iii]
One Sunday, our pastor had just returned from a short vacation to New York City. So preparing for a morning message, with “jet lag” setting in, can sometimes be a challenge. Pastor Kyle thinking ahead, decided this one Sunday would be a good time to have a church member give HIS TESTIMONY. [ http://myvalleychurch.net/04_06_2014_Sermon_Mark_Passe.mp3].
The man’s name was Mark Passe. He had lost his wife to cancer nine months earlier.
They had been married for 33 years, and in that 33 years, they were the best of friends. Mark mentioned he had never developed any close male friendships in his life before. His one and only “best friend” was his wife.
For over an hour, Mark testified how difficult it was to lose his wife, mother of their children. The questions that entered his spirit, such as… “Why her Lord? She was too young to leave us all.” Now I’m not a person who gets emotional very often, but after hearing his struggles in dealing with DEATH, there were tears all around the congregation, and sniffles from yours truly. [See Footnote link.]
Why am I giving you Mark’s Testimony at this point? Mark mentioned that someone had come up to he and his wife after church one Sunday, and said to them both: “You are the only couple I’ve seen in church who KISS in front of everyone else gathered.”
Mark’s Challenge to the Body of Christ–
Mark asked those of us gathered in church that Sunday, to KISS your wife/husband right now! And with his prompting, my wife and I didn’t hesitate to kiss one another.
DON’T MISS THE LORD’S PROMPTINGS IN OUR RELATIONSHIP.
That moment in time…it wouldn’t be the last time we would openly show our love for each other with a passionate KISS for others to see! And certainly, not forgetting demonstrating my passion towards Jesus for others around me to see!
THE GOOD SHEPHERD:
“Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you pasture your flock, where you make it lie down at noon. For why should I [as I think of you] be as a veiled one straying beside the flocks of your companions? (S.O.S 1:7 AMP).
First of all, note the bride’s longing to be where her husband is. In the same way as Christians, we should long to be where Jesus is.
JESUS is not only King, He is also Shepherd–Psalm 23:1-3 a
THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in paths of righteousness…
A QUESTION IN RELATIONSHIP:
How can our RELATIONSHIP with JESUS be made stronger?
“Follow in the footsteps of the flock, And feed your little goats Beside the shepherds tents”-
Getting to know JESUS better becomes, e Church!“Following in the footsteps of the flock!” – The Church!
OUR HEART CRY–TO KNOW JESUS MORE!
Song of Solomon 2:4-5 AMP:
 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love [for love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near him].
 Sustain me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love.
JESUS refreshes us at His banqueting table.
The first thing we need to learn about God is that HE IS LOVE–“JESUS loves me, this I know”.
OUR CRY, “Sustain me and refresh me” and answered by the Shepherd who restores my soul.
Do we know what it is like to be “lovesick” for JESUS, longing to be with Him?
“O God, You are my God”…
That is a personal relationship! You are “MY” God.
“O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is” (Psalm 63:1).
“Romancing the Divine”
I wrote a brief Devotional [http://theworddetective.wordpress.com/true-love/], based on Mr. Don Nori’s book, Romancing the Divine – A Story About True Love; [iv]. It is a fictional allegory, it is the story of one person’s struggle with his inadequacies and sense of failure on one side, and his longing to know the reason for his existence on the other. Much to his surprise, he finds TRUE LOVE.
The voice of my beloved [shepherd]! Behold he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart. Behold, he stands behind the wall of our house, he looks through the windows, he glances through the lattice.
Jesus Passionately Pursues Those He Loves–
“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).
This is the theme, the whole story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation–GOD longing for us.
But notice that He is a gentleman: Standing outside, waiting to be invited in (Revelation 3:20). Know this, JESUS IS CALLING and INVITING US into a personal relationship with Him.
He wants us to be OUR FIRST LOVE; to always remember–A LOVE THAT’S SWEETER THAN WINE!
A MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH–And we are the Church!
“But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the LOVE that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]” (Revelation 2:4).
 Oxford Bible Church Commentary.
[ii] John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible.
[iii] Mark Passe Sermon; April 6th, 2014@ Valley Church Assembly of God; Nooksack, Washington [See link].
[iv] Romancing the Divine – Don Nori author: Destiny Image Publisher – Copyright 2001–Don Nori.