“Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee” (Song of Solomon 4:7).TEXT — Song Of Solomon 4:1-7
According to C.S. Lewis, “We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed”. Yes, it is true that we praise what we love and love what we praise.
Solomon says a lot of good things about the Shulamite in the passage today. He surveys her beauty and contemplates her person with intense delight. He describes her physical appearance in glowing terms and states with delight the joy he looks forward to in their union and fellowship. He summarises his impressions by declaring her flawless. He sees her as beautiful without any blemish.
What Solomon said about the Shulamite is not out of place for lovers. We ought to say more about our Lord, the Lover of our souls.
The Bible says God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son for our sins. We ought then to show our love to the Lord also by showering Him with praises and adoration. David was outstanding in this good art of appreciating God. He wrote much psalms to demonstrate his love for the Almighty and his appreciation of divine providence.
Paul and Silas appreciated God despite their predicament. On a night when most people would be sad and seriously look for someone to blame for being locked up in prison in the city of Philippi, they started to pray and sing praises to God instead. They found the Lord good, gracious and beautiful for all situations. We cannot do less today as we declare His goodness and mercy in this dark world of sin.
Thought for the day
Praising God must be our daily preoccupation.
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- 2 SAMUEL 23 – 24