PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 2/9/2020

“My beloved is mine, and I am his” (Song of Solomon 2:16a ESV)…

Song of Solomon is a beautiful gospel-centered book; it’s about the union between Jesus and His bride, the church. For every Christian is a part of the universal Church, and as God’s Word says, “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25 ESV). He gave Himself up for all true believers throughout all time. But He doesn’t just give Himself up for us, but He gives Himself to us.

He is ours and we are His. In other words, as in any marriage, when the groom and the bride say, “I do,” they are saying, “All that I am and all that I have is yours. I give myself to you completely…” And in the case of Song of Solomon, it is a love story about an ordinary woman who marries an extraordinary shepherd king, who is anointed with things such as frankincense and myrrh, as though he was a high priest. And that’s because it’s all pointing us to the great Shepherd King, our great High Priest, the One Mediator between God and man, our Prophet, Priest, and King, Jesus Christ… And when He says, “I do,” when He unites Himself to us, all that He has and all that He is becomes ours. On the cross He gave Himself up for us, but He also gives Himself and all that He has to us. So, though we are wrath deserving sinners, by faith in Christ, by our union with Jesus, we are clothed in His righteousness, declared justified, and adopted into the family of God as sons, and thus co-heirs with Christ. He took our sin and the wrath due it, and gave us His righteousness.

But, we not only get what belongs to Him, but more importantly, we get Him. He is our Beloved and we are His. He is our greatest treasure and delight. He is our heaven. He is our everything. He is our Beloved. And astoundingly, we are His. Again it says, “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” He loved us… He loves us still. Our union with Him is forever. For nothing, “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39 ESV). How encouraging! As the hymn says so well, “Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast; Precious in His holy sight, He will hold me fast. He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last; Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.” Praise the Lord that we are His and He is ours!

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick