Song of Solomon 8:6-7:
Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
As a seal upon thine arm:
For love is strong as death;
Jealousy is cruel as the grave:
The coals thereof are coals of fire,
Which hath a most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
Neither can the floods drown it:
If a man would give all the substance of his house for love,
It would utterly be contemned.
The poetic masterpiece of Solomon’s Song depicts the splendor of love, the brilliance of faithfulness, and the grandeur of virtue. In their concluding dialogues, the wedded lovers express the magnificence of their mutual adoration. In doing so, they explain the power of love and reveal its effect on daily decisions.
The adoring wife makes an endearing request of her love when she asks that he set her as a seal upon his heart. In the ancient world the presence of a seal indicated a person’s most treasured possessions. So the loving lady sought her husband to look upon her as the one most valued in his life. Her value was to be esteemed so highly by him that their love would influence his thoughts (“upon thine heart”) and his actions (“upon thine arm”). Such a request was no domineering or arrogant demand. The poem explains that love is as irresistible as death and as possessing as the grave. Their passion was as a blazing fire and as unrelenting as flooding waters. Love is neither earned nor bought. Solomon, arrayed in glory and wealth, could not dare to put a price on that which is priceless. Should he even attempt to do so he would be rebuffed for his audacity (“utterly be contemned”)!
Such a treasure can only be obtained in one way: it must be received as a gift. It cannot be insisted, only invited. It cannot be purchased, only provided. It cannot be gathered, only gifted. Such is the beauty of love for only then is it experienced in its purest sense.
The Lord is the source and strength of love. In proximity, we love and are loved by a spouse; ultimately, we love and are loved by God. God has set his eternal seal on his children by sealing them with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:22). We are God’s treasured possessions, and his love for us affects his thoughts of (Psalm 40:5) and his actions toward us (John 3:16).
We should then reciprocate such love. Both the love of your spouse and the love of God should have an overwhelming influence on your thoughts and actions. However, you must make the choice to permit love to a pervasive influence upon you.
The love of your spouse is a priceless gift, so cherish it.
The love of God is a precious gift, so treasure it.
Allow holy love to be the greatest influence in your life!
Daily Reading: Lev 23:1-25:55, John 10:2-21, Song 8:6-9
Bible Reading Challenge: 1-Year Bible Reading Plan