By Paige Hunt
(Song of Solomon 1:1-4)
There is a realm which we were born to experience tangibly, having our every waking moment as a seamless experience and effortless interaction with heavenly glory. There is a gateway to this elusive, mystical honey realm in every gossamer dream-laden pleasure. Where is this realm? – All around us and within us (Colossians 3:11). It resides tranquil, honey-sweet and hot-chocolate cosy, within our hearts, designed to impact every aspect of our existence as we relax into the soothing hammock-comfort it offers. This realm is substance and song, tangibility and inspiration, natural and divine. It is a mode of existence that is flooded and completely soaked with the fullness of the Trinity. (See Psalm 65:11).
This world is a fountain that gushes continually from the resurrected Christ, and from him everything that is good and perfect flows: health, creativity, joy unspeakable and full of glory…
“They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:8-9
As you eat and drink of the finished work of Christ – the revelation-bread of his body and the revelatory-wine of his blood, you nourish yourself on the reality of realities: the truth of this new world of serene perfection: a haven of bliss. You are not simply drinking of the fountain of Christ, you have become one with the waters of his Presence; permeated through and through with the sweet fountain of life himself. You live within this infamous kingdom under the sea: you are immersed the waters of Daddy’s love and grace. As you flow in this reality, repentance and miracles ‘accidentally’ occur and pop with vibrant colour around you, as living in victory is natural and effortless. Your world is wonderland. Every part of you is unlocked in this land of love, until you are naturally flowing from the depths of your heart in this revelation of life, moving with the river that flows within you, feeling the impulses and ecstasies of refreshing, fresh, vital authenticity.
“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” ― C.S. Lewis
You adventure, explore, and have your being in a realm that resides beneath external identities (based on the basic principles of this world: do-to-be mentalities). There is a realm nestled deep in Daddy’s heart, deep within the core of our existence and frolicking through the forests of our imagination. A realm of ‘taste and see’, where each of our senses is engaged in the truth that Daddy God is ecstatically, mystically, whimsically good.
Our Heavenly Father desires that each person live within this Gospel reality: not as a stoic kingdom of information and knowledge, with one theological idea stacked wobbly on top of another, ready to be threatened by external circumstances. No, your good and generous Daddy longs for you to recognise that the Gospel is your composition. You are of one spirit with the Lord. As your spirit is already permeated with pure Jesus-life, this means that every part of you is immersed in his glory. Every part of you is a unique flavour of Jesus. You can express his life through faith, drinking up the heart-felt bliss of his reality. Your perfection is an accomplished fact, and because ‘to the pure all things are pure’ (Titus 1:15), every natural pleasure is a gateway for you to experience in each of your senses, the divine inspiration-composition of this pleasure. God is the fountainhead from which flows the wholesome and pleasant creative, innovative inventions and ideas of humanity.
In Christ, your Spirit is as a fruit-scented tea bag which resides at your unfathomable depths. What does this mean? It means that the water of your life has been flavoured with the divine. You can taste and see that God is good as you reside in this evil-free existence. Everything about you has been infused with divine freshness, heavenly creativity, and flourishing beauty. Christ came to give you life in abundance. This life which has flooded and filled your heart transforms your mind, revealing to you that you have access to all areas of the creative whimsies and jolly-drunken love of the Trinity.
Everything that the Godhead is and has, you are and have. This means that your consciousness is expanded through the revelation of Christ, switching from limited self-consciousness to limitless God-consciousness. We see through the eyes of the Godhead. We feel through his heart. We taste and touch and smell this whole new world through the enthusiastic, optimistic, ecstatic, lofty senses of the Trinity! Scripture declares, “You are in the spirit!” (Romans 8:9). You can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell the divine through the enlightened eyes of your imagination. Colossians 3:1-3 invites us to immerse ourselves in the high, heightened life – effortlessly letting go of dwelling on and associating ourselves with boring, stressful circumstances, to embrace the perfection-vacation of Jesus, the blissful, serene, delicious party of heaven.
Psalm 23 declares that our cups of this living wine are overflowing! You have a river of heaven’s whimsical, eccentric creative life that flows from your belly. Hold the chalice of your imagination to this river and drink deeply of the revelation of your union with Christ. Christ is all in all! (Colossians 3:11). He is bathing every cell of your body, hugging your every stress and anxiety to oblivion with his perfect love. He wants you to feel cosy, prosperous and loved as you reside in your Union with him in this palatial kingdom within.
Let us go on a journey of exploring this verdant wonderland through the Song of Solomon, uncovering a few of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in this book. Scripture declares that we have every gift, and that we can experience these rich treasures of wisdom and knowledge, which all reside in the revelation of the goodness of Christ. (Colossians 2:3; 1 Corinthians 1:7) So today, we are at the beach, we are playing in the sand, paddling in the endless ocean of Daddy’s positive thoughts towards us, and we are picking up the sea-shells of scripture to take home some sentimental keepsakes of revelation concerning who we are and what we have obtained in Christ. Let us continue to play and explore deeper and deeper. The Gospel is so much fun!
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – For your love is more delightful than wine.” – Song of Solomon 1:2
We begin by focusing upon the mouth of God. What pours forth from the mouth of God? His word – Christ! The kiss of God is Christ, and in Christ the delight of God is revealed. Christ causes us to behold a whole new world where the old world of striving, disappointments, and dryness is gone. I’ll say it again: Christ introduces to us a whole new world, one we can literally ‘behold’ in the here and now! A glory land of superior essence: God-quality!
“So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
J.B Phillips translates this reality as being one of freshness and newness (“…the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. All this is God’s doing…”). The New English Bible puts it this way: “when anyone is united to Christ, there is a new world”!! But how is this of relevance to Song of Solomon? – In the Hebrew, Song of Solomon 1:2 is a play on words (how many of us know that Daddy God loves to play and frolic with us?!): the word for kisses and the word for wine (drinking) are very similar! As we drink up the revelation of the finished work of Christ, a mind-transformation takes place. We become intoxicated on love, free of sober insecurities and stress-filled cares. Free to be intoxicated on all that is endless love and abounding creative beauty, as found in the heart of Christ, the realm of the Trinity – our homeland. The revelation of Christ is a classic fairy-tale true love’s kiss to awaken us to the kingdom of happily ever after!
“How fragrant your cologne: your name is like its spreading fragrance…” – Song of Solomon 1:3
The next verse expresses that God’s name (Jesus, the Christ-reality) is like an attractive perfume that has filled the room. As we become aware of the surrounding glory realm, we experience a constant sense of pleasantness and sweetness. A whole new dimension opens up to us, and we begin to flow with exhilarating heavenly frequencies. The glory realm engages our natural senses with creative beauty – we can experience the reality of our oneness with Christ, and interact with this oneness, through our natural personalities. The divine is perfectly at home within the physical realm! Jesus’ Presence is the glory realm, and it is here for us to experience tangibly in the here and now, interacted with through our natural personalities. The Christ-realm which resides within our heart is delicious and addictive.
“Take me after you — let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers…” – Song of Solomon 1:4a
Once we hear that this realm is freely available for us to experience, of course we are eager to engage our senses in it, plunging ourselves into the mystery and wonder of the ages! After all, Jesus is the desire of all nations! (Haggai 2:7). But the truth is, the only way to experience this new reality in Christ is to fall into it, like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. It is hearing the good news of what Christ has accomplished on our behalf which inspires and influences our senses, until we perceive that which is freely ours, and can behold with our eyes the colours and textures of this new world, tasting of its flavours (Romans 10:17; Romans 1:17). His cross and resurrection is our trap door – as we hear of its good news, we fall effortlessly through into wonder and bliss. Our good works and our bad works are terrible Narnian wardrobes. It is the body of Christ alone, and his work on our behalf, that carries us into this new world – our eternal honeymoon Isle of Blessing.
This is why the cry of our hearts is to be taken into these chambers by the firstfruits of creation, the one who made a way for us to experience this world and who is referred to in scripture as the first among many brothers (Romans 8:29). We long to go after Jesus, to follow after him and step into his finished work through the mystical portal of his resurrection. Our cry truly is “Take me after you!”. And where are we taken? – The chambers! This speaks of intimacy with the Trinity, experiencing their life and all of its benefits and blessings – experiencing the joys and lofty imagination of their favourite thoughts. This is sure to influence our emotions with giddy enthusiasm and ecstasies! – this is sure to convince us of our righteousness in Christ (Romans 3:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
As Brian Simmons in The Passion Translation of Song of Solomon has pointed out, the Hebrew text for chamber here literally means ‘a chamber within a chamber’, in other words, the Holy of Holies within the Temple chamber. The Holy of Holies was the holiest place in the world. In Christ, it is revealed to us that holiness is not scary or threatening, but lovely and loving. Jesus invites us to live within a realm of wholeness (every fruit of blessing is freshly squeezed for our drinking delights: 100% fresh nectar of everything lovely, perfect, pleasant, beautiful, and creative). The holiest place on earth is the most delicious – a mode of existence that is pure, vibrant goodness!
Christ’s invitation for us to exist in the holy of holies, the dimension of heaven, reveals to us that God believes we are worthy to live within this reality – that in creating us he created children of God, divine babies, and not servants (Galatians 3:26). When God looks at us he sees everything beautiful and lovely, because we are his children, hand-crafted in His image and likeness! As God declares to us in Psalm 82:6, “I said ‘you are gods, you are all sons of the Most High’.
I love the way that Brian Simmons translates the next part of Song of Solomon 1:4:
“We will remember your love As we laugh and rejoice with you
Celebrating your every kiss
As better than whine.
No wonder righteousness adores you!” – Song of Solomon 1:4 (TPT)
The divine life is one of pure happiness – there is no high like the Most High! – every pleasure in this world echoes and interacts with the revelation of Jesus Christ. Every happiness and joy finds its origin and conclusion in the love of God and the revelation of Jesus Christ. This is why we can enjoy God through everything – as we drink our hot chocolate we can enjoy the sweetness of Daddy’s love, as we eat marshmallows we can be enraptured in the ooey-gooey nature of his kindness and goodness. His love is a world of substance that we can continually be caught up in, in every activity of life. This is living under the smile of Daddy’s approval, and it is powerful and effective. It causes us to live effortlessly righteous lives! The glory realm has swallowed us whole and it won’t spit us out! Let us drink of its realities and wrap them all around us through celebration and enjoyment!