(Part 3 of 5)
Verse 4a… “Draw me, we will run after thee” (KJV). The Shulamite was expressing another strong desire. She says, “Draw me; not drive me.” Here we see the need to be wanted. There is too much rejection in the world. The king had awakened her spirit. If our love for Jesus does not cry out for Him, our love is out of order. Today a lot of sermons drive people; i.e., force people to conform to the word of God and to the policies of a local church. Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44). The Shulamite had a revelation: “The king is drawing me, I will run after him.” We need this revelation too, that Jesus draws us to Him. If you have no desire to follow Jesus, your love is out of order. The Shulamite felt the need to be wanted. People often get the notion that Jesus doesn’t want them. When the King draws you, it leads to the chambers… the secret places of the Most High, the Most Holy Place.
Verse 4b… “The king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee” (KJV). The Shulamite desired to be ruled by the word that came out of his mouth, she desired to come under the authority of his name, and she felt his drawing power. Now the next step is to come into the secret place of the Most High. The chamber was the king’s private den. It was his room, where he kept his treasures. Psalm 91:1 calls it “the secret place of the Most High.” Unless the Lord brings you into His secrets, you’ll not get in. In the secret place you get a revelation of Him. There in the chambers the Shulamite saw His treasures, His visions, His purposes, His mission, His works, and His joys. He was drawing the Shulamite to see what He likes. He was saying, “This chamber is Me; this is what I am all about. These are my tastes.” Psalm 25:14 reads, “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” Most Christians never see the secret places. Most Christians do not know of the things that Jesus likes; most Christians only see their own needs. “Jesus, this is what I like, and this is what I need. Help me get what I like and need.” Most Christians pursue Jesus for their own wants only. Their love is out of order.
The Lord wants to open doors of revelation to His people. His revelations help you grow. Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17-18 that the church may get the “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him,” or the knowledge that comes from Him. The word “wisdom” comes from an old German word meaning “seer.” We are to see as the prophets saw, to hear what the prophets heard, to do as the prophets did. Most Christians are not seeing these things because their love is out of order. There are a lot of things to learn about in the King’s chamber. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). People postpone this until they die, but it is for now. God reveals these things by His Spirit. If you have never had a revelation of the King, maybe your love is out of order. Philippians 3:10 reads, “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may know in that same way the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share in His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even], to His death” (AMP).
Many believers are totally ignorant of their inner condition until they have been in the presence of Jesus. Our old nature is dirty; there are things in us that are contrary to His will. People cry for a revival of blessing, but it’s a revival of repentance that is needed. The Shulamite was confessing, “My life is wrong; I need to change.” In the secret place the Shulamite had caught a glimpse of the curtains of Solomon, and she was determined to be refined as those curtains (the curtains made of refined tapestry, the very best). Once you have seen the Lord you are never the same. “I am going to be as refined as those curtains.” She had lifted her vision higher. The light she saw in the chambers was His light. The light had touched her. In the natural light we never see our shortcomings. If we never see our need for repentance, our love is out of order. The moment people decide to change after seeing their own ugliness, others begin to look down on them. This is what happened in this story. Love is out of order when people begin to look for a “mote” in someone else’s life. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:11, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Quit bad-mouthing yourself. Quit criticizing yourself. Let God heal your memories. When the believer here was expressing the ugliness of her spirit, the king responded with “but comely.” He saw the need to praise, to lift up and to encourage her. The word “comely” means “beautiful, pleasant.” When our love is in order we are pleasant (nice) to be with.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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