Song of Songs
By Watchman Nee
Part Two (2.8-3.5) Faltering Love
THE CALL TO ESCAPE FROM SELF (2.8 – 15)
“O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely” (2.14).
Going into the secret places means being fully and completely in His risen life. This is completeness of identity. Being thus united signifies complete oneness with Christ.
“The secret places of the stairs” or “the secret of the steep places” points to the ascension which ordinary men cannot reach. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3.3-4). Stairs or steep places is interpreted by some as “ascension” and by others “inaccessible to mortals”. Steep or precipitous places are very high and they challenge human endurance. They call for a steady crawling ascent. This differs very much from what is written in Ephesians of our position in Christ – that of being seated with Him in heavenly places.
Part Three (3.6-5.1) Growing Love
THE NEW CREATION (3.6-4.6)
The first feature is her eyes.
“Though hast doves’ eyes within thy locks” (4.1b).
This is perception. The most prominent feature in those who go on to spiritual maturity is the ability to perceive the things of the Spirit. Doves’ eyes, too, are single. Doves see only one thing in their vision and for this reason and in this sense the Holy Spirit Himself is likened to a dove. He has the perfection of spiritual insight and keeps the Lord Jesus ever in view.
But there is a great peril here for believers who have this ability. The peril is in having no covering for their spiritual perceptions and, therefore, they tend to show them off before the world. The spouse, as we may now call her, has those eyes of hers “within her locks” or behind her veil.” The people of the world cannot see or understand what a believer with spiritual insight sees. They do not know there is such a faculty. Unless this spiritual ability is kept behind a covering, one can easily babble forth what one sees by spiritual perception. Such things can only be understood by spiritual persons.
Eyes which are behind a veil are not visible to the general public. Spiritual perceptions, therefore, must be hidden from the world, for the worldlings do not understand such a faculty and regard believers as having no other ability than they themselves possess. Some believers are very foolish when they express, without discrimination and often in flippant talk, the things they have received of the Spirit of God. If such are without much spiritual understanding they ought to be aware of it and confess their limited knowledge of the power and work of the Holy Spirit.
The greater measure we have of the life of the Spirit, the more dovelike vision we shall have. True spiritual perception comes from the Third Person of the Trinity. Frequently it is necessary to keep this spiritual sense veiled that it may become a beauty which the Lord Himself can enjoy and praise. How often we overlook this issue that even our eyes of spiritual understanding are for the joy and satisfaction of the Lord alone!
Part Five (8.1-14) Mature Love
GROANING FOR BODILY RELEASE (8.1-4)
PREPARATION FOR THE SECOND COMING (8.5-14)
Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spice” (8.14).
In the present verse the urgent cry for Him to come to her has to do with His Second Coming which is still in the future, and may be very soon. The emphasis here is not on a restored fellowship but on His coming again, which will bring into manifestation the phenomena of His kingdom. Thus it is no longer the mountains of Bether which are mentioned but the mountains of spices. This is a figure of the new millennial world of fragrance and beauty.
At this point here experience was like a drop of water losing itself in the ocean, mingling deeper and even deeper with the love of Christ. There seems to be little left in the realm of the earth but her physical body. Her heart’s affections are in another world. Little wonder, therefore, that she cries out with urgency, “Make haste, my Beloved! As the roe or young hart lights upon the mountains of spices, so do Though descend into Thy glorious kingdom. Although full and mature my love for Thee has now become, yet there remains something more which can be satisfying in Thy coming. Then shall faith become sight, and prayer shall be praise forever. Love shall then reach its climax and be freed from the shadows of cloud. (Christ returns in parousia first in the cloud secretly at the start of the Last Week Tribulation of 7 years; then coming out of the cloud to on the cloud for all eyes to see, He steps down on the mount of olives, and like 2.17 “shadows flee away” far from realized in failure to meet His demands, now become realized at His appearing – Troy). Then shall I serve and worship and worship before Thee in a sinless state. What a day that will be! So Lord Jesus, make haste! Come quickly!”
AMEN! EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS!
AND UNTIL THAT GLORIOUS DAY
MAY MY GARDEN CONTINUALLY BEAR ITS FRUIT
FOR THE DELIGHT OF THY HEART.