Sunday, June 2, 2024

 Love’s Purpose

Jack Davis

“Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright (that) love thee” - Song of Solomon 1:4 

We will RUN because we are drawn 

We will REJOICE being delivered.

We will REMEMBER as we drink of His Love.

The purpose of full overcomers may be seen in these. They express Christian hope that is deep, real and that makes us unashamed, because “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” Rom. 5:5. The hope is for love’s consummation, a happy expectancy of love’s fulfillment, coming into that which satisfies His and my heart. The “better hope” (Heb. 7:19) which is magnetic rather than depressive, uplifting rather than putting down. Because this hope is not based on what we can do or keep from doing. It is based upon the finished work of the Cross. 

Oh, how much better to be in the realm of Divine love – the law of magnetism rather than the law of gravity. Divine magnetism greatly supersedes “the law of a carnal commandment” – Heb. 7:16. “The ministration of condemnation” could not make way for perfection; “but the bringing in of a better hope did; by which we draw nigh unto God” – II Cor. 3:9 & Heb. 7:19.

A lesson we will learn is that, if we run after Him, it is because we are drawn. He initiates this grace love affair. “We love Him, because He first love us” I Jn. 4:19. I am reminded by three requests in the first seven verses of Song of Solomon, that Bridal truth is revealed to God’s needy people: (V.2) “Kiss me” - (V.4) “Draw me” – (V.7) “Tell me.” It is good for us to invite His invitation. We become choice with Him by our deeper longing for Him, He will put into our hearts a deeper craving for Him, if we are receptive.

Her request answered, He “brought me into His chambers.” In our relationship with Him we also get ours answered. Under this magnetic law of love, we are drawn onward and upward to Jesus Christ. We are drawn into the inner chamber, into the Holiest of Holies, into a deeper life. David said, “It is good for me to draw near to God” - Psa. 73:28. “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you” – James 4:8. Jesus said, “No man can come to Me, except the Father draw him” – Jn. 6:44. In John 12:32 He said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all man unto me.” He spoke of His going to the Cross, where He would suffer and shed His precious life blood for the sins of all mankind, thus manifesting the greatest love ever known.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that we were “without Christ – aliens – strangers – foreigners – having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off and made nigh by the blood of Christ” Eph. 2:11-19. His blood is the basis for our nearness to God, Praise God! We now have free access into the Holiest of Holies. God said in Hosea 11:4 He drew His people “with bands of love.” Jeremiah 31:3, He loved them “with everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness,” He drew them.


At first she speaks for others, later she learns not to do this. We also do this. She finds that not everyone is as excited about Him as she is. We also learn that not everyone has the same depth of longing for Jesus as we do. Yet our lives do affect others. Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm! As we are drawn, that burning desire, that fervor of love, that vehement flame that manifests itself in self-forgetfulness stirs others to ask, “What is He really like?” They wonder why we give so much attention to Him. Often a girl will ignore a boy until they see another girl pay attention to him, then they also want to get acquainted with Him.

Running expresses speedy progress. For us it is a quest for God’s best. This running is not just a short sprint. We are to “run with patience.” We will pass “through the valley of Baca (weeping).” We go “from strength to strength,” through fiery trials, and almost overwhelming floods, and the shadow of death – Psa. 84:6-7. Paul said, “So run, that ye may obtain” – I Cor. 9:24. Run according to the rules that God has laid down in His Word, going from glory to glory. Running also expresses to me a growing continuous desire for more and more of Jesus, a clearer view, a brighter vision, a deeper understanding, and thus closer fellowship. 

Heb. 6:12-20 tells that God gave promises to Abraham of rich lasting inheritance, and confirmed them with an oath. This was that we also who have fled to Him for refuge might be encouraged to run after Him, in order that we may “Lay hold upon the hope set before us” and have it as “an anchor” to our souls. Also, that we enter by faith into the Holiest of Holies, where Jesus our Forerunner is entered for us. Where do we get the power to pursue? This power is generated in us by the work of the Holy Spirit. It is done as He reveals Jesus to us and in us. We, by faith, can see Him “crowned with glory and honor” – Heb. 2:9. His majestic Personage is not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. “Henceforth know we Him no more” after the flesh – II Cor. 5:16. From Isa. 53:1-2 we realize that He offered no personal charisma nor human magnetism in the natural. The Holy Spirit shows us His magnificence, splendor, and beauty: and, as He does, we are marvelously drawn to Him. This inspires  and enables us to run.


What makes us to rejoice? It is certainly Divine deliverance, Our hope is a happy expectancy of being like Jesus, seeing Him as He is. Oh, what a glorious deliverance. This deliverance is “to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved” - Eph. 1:6. We have the hope of being to His praise and honour and glory at His appearing, when we shall appear with Him in glory. He “whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” – I Peter 1:8.

“Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved (delivered) by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! And thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places” – Deut. 33:29.

“Thy love is better than wine.” “Your love is more prosperous or enriching than any of the world’s intoxication influences” (paraphrased). We come to crave Him more than ever, even when faced with the very best that the world can offer.

Now we know that Jesus sadly announced that there were people that drew nigh to Him with their mouths, but their hearts were far from Him – Mt. 15:8. Oh, Lord, help us to get it together – in mind, heart, and mouth – REJOICE. Oh, “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised)” – Heb. 10:22-23.


“We will remember Thy love more than wine.” This is because of our drinking of His satisfying love. Oh, what love! What matchless love! Yes, we can recall the wine. Just think of the wonderful effects, of the thrilling exhilarating Holy Spirit fullness. Think of all the good times, the best times, when there is a flowing out of such marvelous blessings. It seems that there is not room to contain them. Think of the exciting times when it seems that the Holy Spirit[ is being poured as wine without measure. Then stop and consider His love. If you have experienced that love, that marvelous love, you know that nothing, absolutely nothing can top, outlast, nor even compare to this constant, continuing, constraining love – this containing all-consuming love affair to REMEMBER. Therefore – WE  WILL Run, WE WILL REJOICE, WE WILL REMEMBER.