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In Case You Missed It -- Song of Solomon 2:8-3:11, Psalm 145

The metaphors continue in Song of Songs, picturing the love of the betrothed couple. There is a change, however, as the ideas of “foxes” in a vineyard and the beloved “leaping over hills” indicate that there are obstacles to their enjoyment of love. These hindrances might be family and friends that disprove of the marriage, or maybe distance. We cannot be certain of the reasons for their trouble.

It does seem like this trouble gives the woman a nightmare, which lasts until Song of Solomon 6:3. We know she is in a dream because we are told she is trying to find her beloved in “bed at night” (Songs 3:1). At the beginning of the dream, she imagines being unable to find her beloved; when she finally does, she absolutely must have him forever in marriage (Songs 3:4-5).

At this point, her dream makes a seemingly strange jump as she imagines Solomon the great king surrounded by his subjects. This dream revealed through song conveys her desire that others would view her and her husband like she does--majestic like Solomon. To make sense of what I am saying, understand that Solomon represents her beloved in this dream, not because she desires Solomon, but rather because her dream reveals that she believes she is as good as a queen. This is how much she delights in her beloved.

Romantic love makes one dream constantly of the one they love, while seeing even themselves differently because of who loves them. For this reason, married couples or even engaged couples have found Song of Songs helpful in expressing their passions. But applying Song of Solomon also requires applying its most direct applications to readers, that we not “stir up or awaken love until it pleases” (Song of Songs 3:5). Wisdom demands that we guard our hearts and emotions in our relations with the opposite sex until we enjoy the greatest freedom to express our passion in matrimony.

Jeremiah Vaught