I remember when I was young, being puzzled by the lyrics of a song my parents used to listen to—Val Doonican, singing Irving Berlin’s A Man Chases a Girl Until She Catches Him. Perhaps something similar is at play as the dialogue and commentary continue between the young woman and Solomon.
After putting him off until another day in 2:17 (Until the day breathes and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved…), it seems she has had a change of heart, and now can’t sleep, so she rises early and seeks him out, and when she finds him won’t let him go. Even so, she repeats the admonition not to awaken love until the right time. Perhaps this time there’s an acknowledgement that the time is now right for her.
Clearly that response got a reaction, because he’s putting on the full procession to celebrate his upcoming wedding.
Most commentaries on the Song of Solomon suggest that the narrative of the book also describes the relationship between Christ and His bride the church (and some seem to place so much emphasis on this aspect you might as well leave out the “also”). If that’s the case, what are we to make of Chapter 3?
I am reminded that there are times when I put God off until another day, and I just feel too busy to give him any mind space. Yet when I seek Him out again, reading the Bible, and praying, I know that he delights in it. Zephaniah 3:17 says
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.
And Jesus tells Pharisees and the scribes in Luke 15:7
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance
Father, thank you that you delight in me when I seek you out. Thank you that you have pursued me because you love me. Help me to remember to pursue you and your kingdom today.