Fireseekers: The Kiss
Week 2 of Fire Seekers*
Tuesday devotionals, called "Fire Seekers," focus on two things--intercession and intimacy. Intercession that flows out of intimacy with God has joy, power, and wonderful results. Uneven numbered weeks will focus on intercession; even numbered weeks will be reflections on Solomon's Song of Songs.
Song of Songs
For centuries both Jewish people and Christians have considered Song of Songs to refer to our relationship with God. Amazingly, God looks upon His relationship with us in nuptial terms!
Spurgeon said, "Let me prefer this book above all others for fellowship and communion." When Charles Finney entered into a deep love relationship with Christ, he said, "The language of the Song of Solomon was as natural to me as my breath."
This book is Christ's ecstatic description of His passion for you and me. As we read we see ourselves as the maiden, and as the Lover describes her beauty, it is Jesus talking to us personally
Song of Songs 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth--for your love is more delightful than wine.
From the beginning, the rabbis associated Deuteronomy 8:3 with this passage: "Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD." For 3000 years, the rabbis would speak of the kisses of God's mouth like this: "The kisses of the Torah are what we long for."
Origen, an early Church Father, said that when the Jewish Church prayed, "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth" they were longing for a closer revelation. It was as though they were asking, "How long shall He send me kisses by Moses and the prophets? I desire the touch of His own lips."
Much of our Bible study can be compared to receiving kisses from the prophets. We glean insights from Bible teachers and books, but when a fresh insight comes directly to us from the Living Word, it is like a kiss on our spirits. It gives us life! "They are not just idle words for you--they are your life" (Deut. 32:47).
We do not speak of kissing the lips of Jesus--that would be sacrilegious. But there is a mystical meaning, and when we begin to grasp it, we will be enthralled with the beauty of receiving His affection through the Word. We may be in the midst of a crisis or have a special need and He gives us a promise from His Word and it is as satisfying as a kiss on the lips. True intimacy with God begins when His Word becomes precious to us.
Wine represented the best pleasure the world could offer to bring happiness. Whatever the world declares makes you glad, Jesus' love for you is incredibly sweeter and His Word infinitely more to be desired.
Fire Seekers Prayer Focus
Ask God to increase your desire to spend time with His Word. When you act on any small desire you have, He will reward you by giving you more desire.
Pray that God's people will have an increased hunger to read, meditate and obey the Word of God