If you feel called to this, I recommend you print this post out and put it on notecards, or print on regular paper and pray it. This book is meant to be prayed. Now nothing in this book should be applied if you can’t find it in the New Testament. But it does put the theology of the Book of Romans to poetry. Our relationship to Jesus is Bride and Bridegroom which simply speaks of fond partnership and deep friendship.
To read and study it without making it prayer is like reading a menu but ordering no food. This intimacy with God is the prophetic destiny of many forerunners in this hour (Rev 22:17). Jesus is returning to the earth and we will be transformed, and will attend the marriage supper of the lamb (Rev 19:7). If this is odd or foreign to you please read the bridal paradigm post, link on the top of this page. This is a Holy experience of God, all revelation on these passages must be backed up in other Scripture and all is pure and non-flesh. The Holy Spirit will anoint these prayers and release the affections of God on our heart. We must let the written word to take us to the Living Word, the Scriptures are our Holy Conversation material with Jesus and each verse is an invitation to the experience of the knowledge of God. We are not nourished by bread alone, but by the Word of God.
Eph 5:24-25: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word…29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
There is a worship set on it, I found on the links on the right.
I. the Spiritual interpretation: 3 common approaches
First, is the relationship between Jesus and the individual believer. This approach gives spiritual principles that aid us in our progression of holy passion. This is the way I approach this study. Second, is the relationship between Jesus and His corporate Church throughout history. Third, is the love relationship between God as the Bridegroom and ethnic Israel as His Bride (Jer. 2:2; Hos. 2:16-20; Ezek. 16:8-14, 20-21, 32, 38; Is. 54:5-6). This was the primary approach of the scribes in OT times as well as Jewish rabbis today.
- He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. (Jn. 16:14) The Spirit inspired all Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16) and exalts Jesus in all that He does. There is no book of the Bible which does not glorify and reveal Jesus.
- The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” (Rev. 22:17) John saw into the end of the age here. He saw the Church as a Bride. I believe the church is growing in the bridal identity as we get closer to the time of the wedding supper at the end of the age.
I am dark (in heart), but lovely (to God)…6 my own vineyard (heart) I have not kept. (Song 1:5-6) The paradox of our faith is that we are dark in our heart yet we are lovely to God. Both truths must be held in tension to understand who we are before God. Some emphasize how sinful we are (darkness of our heart) and others emphasize how beautiful we are to God (lovely in Christ). We are beautiful to Him because of
1. God’s personality: is filled with tender loving emotions for His people. God sees us through His heart that is filled with tender love. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder
2. The gift of righteousness: we receive the beauty of Jesus’ righteousness as a free gift. (2 Cor. 5:21)
3. The Spirit’s impartation of a sincere and willing spirit of obedience that cries for God. (Rom. 8:15)
4. Our eternal destiny: as Jesus’ Bride. God sees the end from the beginning. He sees us in light of the billions of years in which we will be perfect in obedience.
Here’s a prayer guide modified from Bickle’s notes.
6 Set Your seal upon my heart, as a seal upon my arm; for love is as strong as death, [God’s] jealousy as cruel [demanding] as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame. 7 Many waters [sin, pressure]) cannot quench this love, nor can the floods drown it. (Song 8:6-7)
Prayer (Set your seal upon my heart, Reveal this seal, reveal this love that nothing can put out! Reveal this jealousy that demands all)
1In ancient times, a king’s document was sealed in wax, and his signet ring was impressed into the wax.
2We set God as a seal on our heart by focusing on Him, adoring Him, and believing His word.
3The supernatural fire of God is imparted to the human spirit as the fire of love that is more powerful than water. In the natural, water puts out fire. You will be far more effective as an intercessor if you experience this fire upon your heart.
4 God is going to put this seal of fire upon the End-Time Church around the world. I do not believe the prayer movement will go to the next level of power and authority in a manifest way if they do not understand this reality of the Bride of Christ and the love songs of God.
2 Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His Word. For Your love is better than wine…(Sos 1:1)
Prayer:(Father let Jesus kiss my heart with the revelation of His holy affections from the Word).
(Thank you that Your love is better than the permissable pleasure of the world.)
4 Draw me away (intimacy)! I will run after you (ministry). (Song 1:2-4)
(Draw me away, Draw me away! I will follow your leadership!)
5 I am dark (in heart), but lovely (to God)…6 my own vineyard (heart) I have not kept. (Song 1:5-6)
(Thank You that you see me as lovely despite my struggles. I ask for greater revelation of how you see me. Reveal to me my beauty to you despite my weaknesses. Help me keep my heart right before you.)
The paradox of our faith is that we are dark in our heart yet we are lovely to God. Both truths must be held in tension to understand who we are before God. Some emphasize how sinful we are (darkness of our heart) and others emphasize how beautiful we are to God (lovely in Christ).
1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. (Song 2:1)
(ThankYou that see me as Your inheritance. Reveal to me by Your Spirit how you see me as The lily, The rose)
The valleys speak of the low and dark places in this fallen world. She says, “When God looks over all the earth, He only sees one thing pure in all the existence of creation on the earth. That is the Bride of Christ! She says, “I understand I am THE lily of the valleys in a world of darkness in the sight of God.” She is not confused thinking all the darkness of her heart us gone.
She discovers a deeper dimension of who she is in Jesus. She then proclaims her second confession; “I am the rose of Sharon.” This is her highest identity as the Bride of Christ. This confession is more than the fact that she is lovely and desired by God. It goes even higher. She is now the inheritance that the Father has promised His Son. It is one thing to deeply enjoy someone, but it is another thing when this person is your eternal inheritance. She comes to the understanding that she is THE only inheritance that the Father has promised His Son.
3 I sat down in His shade (resting in the finished work of the cross) with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste. 4 He brought me to the banqueting House, and His banner (leadership) over me was love. 5 Sustain me…refresh me…for I am lovesick. (Song 2:3-5)
(Thank you that you desire to provide for me at the cost of the cross. Reveal to me the provision of the cross, every spiritual blessing. Let me sit and your shade, reveal your banner over me)
Jesus is sweet to her heart as she rests under the shade of the finished work of the cross. She experiences the superior pleasures of knowing God as she feeds at His table and lives under the banner of His excellent leadership. In this she becomes lovesick. The goal of her life is her own spiritual happiness. This happens best when she experiences God’s Presence. In the future, her goal will be to walk as His inheritance regardless of the cost.
8 The voice of my Beloved! He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. 9 My beloved is like a gazelle… Let me hear your voice, show me your power over every and all things)
Jesus is pictured as effortlessly skipping and leaping over the mountains or as working to fulfill the Great Commission. The mountains speak of obstacles (human, demonic). Jesus has power over all of them. She is accustomed to eating apples at His table, under the shade tree (2:3-5).
My Beloved spoke, “Rise up, My love…and come away. 14 Let Me see your face, let Me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”
(You desire me! Thank you that you want to hear my voice and see my face, reveal to me your desire for me.)
Behold, you are fair (beautiful), My love! Behold, you are fair (Song 4:1)
(You see me as fair! Reveal to me how you see me, thank you that you see me as fair.)
The King reveals how beautiful the maiden is to Him. He describes 8 distinct virtues of her beauty that He sees emerging in her life. (4:1-5). Jesus prophetically proclaims her “budding virtues”. He calls things that are not as though they were (Rom. 4:17). He sees the cry in her spirit, not just her failures. God defines us by the cries in our spirit not just by our struggles.
6 I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh… (Song 4:6)
(I will pursue you like you have pursued me. Help me walk the narrow way of the lifestyle of the sermon on the mount).
1:3 Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth.
Thank for this truth, reveal to me more the fragrance of your personality
The Pleasing Fragrance of God. God’s “fragrance” is His internal qualities or the essence of His personality. His fragrance represents who He is on the inside. The revelation of the personality of Jesus is like the most pleasing perfume. (we are to the Father the fragrance of Christ.)
The king has brought me into his chambers. We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will remember your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you (I ask for chamber experiences, friendship with you in the secret place.)
Here is the immediate answer to the cry of the Bride – the King has already brought us into His chambers! The finished work of the cross of Christ has opened the way into the most Holy place, and we have full access into the presence of God. Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Two Purposes for “Chamber Experiences”
1. To develop our own personal history with God. This is the hidden life of the Bride, the secret place where fervency and love grows with no one watching. The Holy Spirit draws us here, escorting us into the chamber of the King. 2. To prepare us as the Bridal partner of Jesus. It is in the secret place that our character and heart is prepared for a life of running with Him in ministry. (As a resource, see Bob Sorge, Secrets of the Secret Place, Oasis House.)
1:12a – While the King is at His table. . .( Thank You for your provision, release it more, reveal Your heart as a King that provides for His bride.)
The King’s table represents the fullness of God’s provision for every aspect of our lives. All His resources are at our disposal, and it is His pleasure to share them with us as His Beloved.
1:12b-14 . . . My spikenard sends forth its fragrance. (Reveal to me how you feel about my worship)
It is a delightful thing to realize that our worship and adoration is pleasant and desirable to Jesus. Jesus feels deep desire for the love of His Bride. Each of us is unique in our expressions of worship and adoration. Jesus knows and recognizes the scent of your worship, and it pleases Him.
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5:21).
The gift of righteousness: we receive the beauty of Jesus’ righteousness as a free gift.
Father I ask for revelation of Abba, papa:You received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Rom. 8:15) The Spirit’s impartation of a sincere and willing spirit of obedience that cries for God.