The Song of Solomon starts out with the cry for kisses. I think I started life that way. Crying to be kissed.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth–for your love is more delightful than wine! (1:2)
If this is about God and humans, what kind of kiss are we talking about?
When the Song talks about the ‘mouth’ it usually refers to the the words that come forth from the mouth. “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His Word!
Have you ever read something from the Word of God and had it kiss your heart? Have you ever had it soothe your soul the way that a mother’s kisses on a scrape soothe the sting? Have you ever had a kiss heal you? I invite you to ask God for the kisses of His Word. Ask Him to open up to you what this means.
His love is more delightful than wine. Wine speaks of the height of permissible pleasures in this world. His love is far greater than any pleasure this world has to offer.
The human heart is chock full of longings. Maybe yours isn’t, but mine is. Some of these longings are so intense they drive our existence in one direction or another. Here are seven longings that drive the human heart:
1. The longing to be enjoyed.
2. The longing to be fascinated.
3. The longing to be beautiful.
4. The longing to be successful.
5. The longing for intimacy without shame.
6. The longing to be wholehearted and passionate.
7. The longing to make a deep and lasting impact.
I don’t know about you, but when I began to walk with the Lord I looked at these longings with fear and disdain. I tried over and over to repent for having these longing in my heart. I tried to repent of them, but they wouldn’t go away. They’d diminish for a little while, but they wouldn’t go away.
I’m here today to tell you that you CAN’T repent of these longings.
You can’t repent of them because God placed them in our hearts for a reason. The longings themselves are not sinful. The pursuit of them may be sinful, but the longings themselves are not sinful. And every single one of those longings can be satisfied by the Word of God, by pursuit of the Lord, and by holy intimacy with our King in the secret place.
It’s here, within His Word, that I learned that I am ENJOYED by God. God doesn’t just put up with me, He doesn’t just love me, He enjoys me (even in my weakness!).
It’s here in God’s Word that my longing to be wholehearted and passionate is satisfied. I can be given the ability to love Jesus in the same way the Father loves Jesus–Jesus prayed for me to have this (John 17:26). Amazing! I can love God in the way that God loves God–this blows my mind. Talk about wholehearted and passionate.
And I can have intimacy without shame. Shame is baggage I’ve carried all too often in my life. I’ve had more reasons to be ashamed than I care to recall, more reasons to want to cover up and hide away than I thought possible for any one human being. But through the gateway of His wondrous cross, I can stand before Him naked and unashamed (see Gen. 2:25). Heck, I can even stand before another human being that way.
All my longings for kisses are satisfied in Him.
Ask with me:
Lord, would you kiss me with the kisses of your Word? Would you show me how to satisfy these longing in my heart through intimacy with you? Thank you for placing those longing within me, so that I may hunger and thirst for you, your Word and your righteousness!
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