The #1 Love Song – part 1

Check out these lyrics from a song that was written over 2500 years ago. It’s a Love Song that begins with how the bride-to-be feels about her man.

She says: 

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant – draw me after you; let us run.” (1:1, 4)

Then He responds: 

“I compare you, my love . . . your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of jewels. You are beautiful my love, you are beautiful, your eyes are like doves.” (1:9a, 15)

She remembers and recites his words of proposal to spend the rest of her life with him: 

“Arise, my love my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.” (2:10-13)

And then she has a bad dream at night before her wedding day, fearing that the love of her life is lost.

“On my bed by night, I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not.” (3:1, 4b)

On their wedding day, they speak their vows to one another:

He says:

“Behold, you are beautiful, my love . . . Your eyes are doves behind your veil . . . your lips are like a scarlet thread and your mouth is lovely. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil . . . your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that graze among the lilies . You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you . . . you have captivated my heart, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. How beautiful is your love, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than any spice! Your lips drip nectar, my bride.” (4:1a, 3, 5, 7, 9-10, 11, 16)

She responds:

“Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its choicest fruits.” (4:16a)

The guests at the wedding party joyfully approve:

“Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love!” (5:1b)

Then the Honeymoon, where they intimately describe each other’s body:

She describes her husband: 

“My beloved is radiant and sturdy – his head is the finest – his locks are wavy – his eyes are like doves beside streams of water bathed in milk sitting beside a full pool. His cheeks are like beds of spices, mounds of sweet-smelling herbs. His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh. His arms are rods of gold set with jewels. His body is polished ivory bedecked with sapphires. His legs are alabaster columns, set on bases of gold. His mouth is most sweet and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend.” (5:10-16a)

He describes his wife:

“Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand. Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. How beautiful and pleasant you are, o loved one, with all your delights. Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters. I say, “I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples, and your mouth like the best wine.”   (7:1-2, 6-9)

The night is over. And in the warm summer morning she invites him to make love to her again  – outside among the fruit trees. And then she tells him:

“. . . under the apple tree I awakened you” (8:5)

Nearing the end of the Love Song, she says to her husband: 

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” (8:6-7b)

The Point:

Married Love is a powerful gift from the Lord. It is relentless in its jealous pursuit of one another. It is not selfish but rather, is hot red with devotion and commitment and covenant, it perseveres through anything, plodding along year after year. Nothing is stronger than what God gives to a man and woman in marriage. The Love-making between a husband and wife is the very flame, the passion of the Lord himself.

Which means, there is something more to this Song of Songs (found in the Bible, the Old Testament). I’ll tell you in the next post. But for now, ask yourself this question:

Who is this God that would create such a union of ecstasy between a married man and woman, and why?


Time with Grandsons in Salinas, CA.


Time with grandchildren is a precious gift from the Lord. This is an organic, 50 acre strawberry field that was next to the ranch that we stayed at for 17 days. It is owned by the family that let us live in one of their homes on the property. Nearly every day I took Joseph and Gabriel to the field to enjoy perfectly ripened berries. With a soft breeze moving in from the Pacific Ocean only 6 miles away, and nothing distracting me from this moment, these thoughts came to mind:

1. These boys do not fret or worry about strawberries running out. In a better way, I wish I could sit in peace and contentment knowing that my Father in heaven will always supply.

2. These boys do not understand the massive quantity of berries behind them. They just sit there and eat, squishing juice down their chin, expecting another berry to be given them as soon as one is finished. With greater faith, I wish I could believe and trust that my Father in heaven has thousands of acres of mercies that will come new to me each morning.

3. These boys will grow up – this moment in this way will not last. They don’t understand, not yet, the brevity of life. And as it should be. Children should feel that time moves like molasses, gentle and slow and sweet. I wish I could see, more than I presently do, what it’s going to be like to not have to think about time and its fleeting moments. One day.

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In the morning, in the old renovated farmhouse built in 1889, we fried eggs on the wood stove. It would get down to about 50 degrees at night – cool mornings with the smell of a fire and the warmth of little bodies was priceless. There was no tv, no phone, no internet. Just family, good food, and bunches of giggles.


Joseph is taking his little brother Gabriel out for a spin in the old farm truck. Thank you Lord for this slice of time with my grandsons – a few moments of uninterrupted humility before the One who holds our breath in his hands. All our days are lived in sight of the Risen Savior. May the love of Jesus Christ, who made this moment in time, be forever enjoyed in the hearts of my grandsons.

Time with Cheryl on our 30th Wedding Anniversary


We’ve been gone since June 15. We’re back – good and tired, but we had a blessed time with each other on our 30th wedding anniversary. For the last 17 days we have enjoyed time in California. Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing thoughts of encouragement that I’ve stored up in my heart. For now, here are a few pics that express our thanks to Christ for his grace and mercy in our marriage. After 30 years we still enjoy spending time alone with each other.


At a small but elegant garden/eatery in L.A.


Enjoying Fisherman’s Wharf in San Fran.


270 miles down highway 1. Some of the most majestic views on the planet. It is the Lord who said to the ocean, “This far and no further” (Job 38:11).


I could not keep Cheryl away from the San Jose Rose Garden, one of the best in America.


Our final day was spent in Monterey, eating out over the Bay.

“Thank you” to our church family and friends who have been a source of hope and encouragement in our marriage that made this vacation possible.

Talk to you soon,