Smitten

Day 266

Prayer for the day

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Scripture for the day

Song of Solomon 1-3, Galatians 2

Song of Solomon is certainly one of the raciest books in the whole Bible. There is a sensuality written in its pages that many of us would find scandalous. It has been allegorized, analyzed, and taken to bits in an effort to de-sexualize it, but frankly, the book is about sex. It’s about a lot more than sex. It’s about love. It’s about passion. It’s about whole-hearted, single-focused devotion to someone else. Read again the language of the Song of Solomon; you won’t find disparaging words, words that put down or degrade the lovers. There are only words of affirmation, words of love, words of longing, of hunger, and of need.

This kind of language is usually reserved for married couples, but the sentiment is employed regularly by the Apostle Paul when it comes to his devotion to Christ. In fact, Paul goes so far as to say that he no longer is the one who lives, but that his life is actually Jesus’ life within him. Paul has not lost identity (he’s still Paul), but he has gained an identity. He has moved from Saul to Paul, the beloved, the one who belongs to Christ. The lovers in the First Testament have transferred their identity as well, from single to belonging.

This kind of whole-hearted devotion is the most beautiful thing to witness as it shows us what God really intends for his people. May we live out that whole-hearted devotion every day.

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