Will You Open to Him?
8 Tests of Love from the Song of Solomon (Chapter 5)
“I was asleep, but my heart was awake.
A voice! My beloved was knocking:
‘Open to me, my sister, my darling,
My dove, my perfect one!
For my head is drenched with dew,
My locks with the damp of the night.’”
For the heart to be awake while the body is asleep is to be in a state where you know what you must do and you want to do it but you cannot find the willpower to do so,
… the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Oftentimes we can hear Jesus calling but the thought of the effort it would take to respond to His calling is just too much,
“I have taken off my dress,
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet,
How can I dirty them again?”
This is especially shocking when we recall that, just two chapters earlier, the Shulamite was willing to go about the city, to wander the streets and squares and seek him whom my soul loves (Song 3:2).
But now, just getting up from bed seems to be asking too much of her, despite knowing that her Beloved is on her doorstep, despite knowing that He is the object of her adoration, despite knowing that opening to Him is the right thing to do,
“… I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate … the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish … Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:15–24)
But we are not beyond help for there is a force, the Spirit, that sets its desire against the flesh and empowers us to put to death the deeds of the body (Galatians 5:17; Romans 8:13).
“My beloved extended his hand through the opening,
And my feelings were aroused for him.
I arose to open to my beloved;
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
And my fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the bolt.”
The Beloved tried to find a way in, to reach out to the Shulamite, leaving behind an abundance of myrrh on the handles. Myrrh, used to embalm the body of Christ as was the Jewish custom (John 19:38–40), reminds us of His great sacrifice and love for us. And when we find ourselves in a similar state of lethargy, meditating upon His love is what will move us to open the door to our Beloved and more,
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. (II Corinthians 5:14–15)