For me words trigger it. I hear a word and a song queues up in my head. Words I read…words I hear…have keywords that start a tune playing in my head. Other times, the radio just plays the right song for the day I am going through. There are two that I always will remember…one was that day driving to the tax lady and hearing 7×70 which was the trigger to me learning the importance of forgiveness and breaking free from the anger, the frustration, and the bitterness that had been building up for month because of lies and mistreatment that took place at work. The second one was when I was considering a new job and had felt 95% sure I knew where I was going and to my surprise it wasn’t but on my way home from an event the new company was putting on every song that played kept telling me that this was the one, the right one, and as I passed the buildings from my former employer, I said to God this feels so right and as I got to the end of the highway to my surprise the biggest and brightest rainbow was right there to affirm where my next job would be.
Songs are powerful and informational and instructional. Are you hearing songs? Are you singing songs? Is your life making a difference to others through the song your life is writing?
Are songs playing throughout your day? Have you noticed and appreciated the message they are speaking into and over you? Are you listening to the right stations?
One my first visit to HQ for the new company the car had Air1 playing, I had never heard of it and then when I got home, I ended up finding out there was a station in the area – a little ways a way so not always a clear signal, but between that in the car and the online radio stations I can listen to on my my computer along with other stations I have managed to find (as I like rap and rock music too) it helps put good thoughts and encouragement into my every day!
Does your life story speak of your love? Can others tell that you love them because God first loved you? Can others see Jesus’ hands and arms extended because of the way you love them?
Today’s reading continues from where yesterday’s was in Song of Songs…
Awake and Waiting
1I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride. I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey. I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends, Drink, yes, drink your fill, O lovers! 2I sleep, but my heart is awake. A voice! My lover is knocking! “Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, my locks with dewdrops of night.” 3I have stripped off my coat. How can I put it on again? I have washed my feet. How can I soil them? 4My lover extended his hand through the opening —my heart yearned for him. 5I rose to open for my lover. My hands dripped with myrrh, yes, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the lock. 6I opened to my lover— but my lover had departed, he was gone! My soul went out to him when he spoke. I searched for him, but did not find him. I called him, but he did not answer me. 7The guards making rounds in the city found me. They beat me, bruised me. The guards on the walls took my veil from me. 8Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you, if you should find my lover, what will you tell him? That I am sick from love! 9How is your lover different from other lovers, O most beautiful among women? How is your lover different from other lovers that you charge us so? 10My lover is dazzling and ruddy, standing out among ten thousand. 11His head is purest gold, his hair is wavy, black as a raven. 12His eyes are like doves beside streams of water, washed with milk, mounted in their settings. 13His cheeks are like a bed of spice, towers of sweet-scented perfume. His lips are lilies, dripping with liquid myrrh. 14His hands are rods of gold set with jasper. His abdomen is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires. 15His legs are pillars of alabaster set on bases of pure gold. His appearance is like Lebanon— excellent like the cedars. 16His mouth is sweetness. Yes, he is totally desirable. This is my lover! Yes, this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
–from Song of Songs 5
Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Have you been trying to fill that hole in your heart? First fill it with Jesus and then allow Him to lead you and guide you into the right and fruitful relationship with others.
1Where has your lover gone, most beautiful among women? Where has your lover turned, so we may seek him with you? 2My lover went down to his garden, to the beds of balsam to graze his flocks in the gardens and to gather lilies. 3I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. He browses among the lilies.
Acclaiming the Bride’s Beauty
4You are beautiful, my darling, like Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners. 5Turn your eyes away from me, for they overwhelm me! Your hair is like a flock of ewe goats descending down from Gilead. 6Your teeth are like a flock of ewes that have come up from the washing. Each of them has a twin, and none among them is missing. 7Your temple is like a slice of pomegranate behind your veil. 8There are sixty queens, eighty concubines, and young women beyond number. 9Yet my dove, my perfect one is unique. She is her mother’s only one— a virtuous child of the one who bore her. Maidens saw her and called her blessed. Queens and concubines praised her. 10Who is this that appears like dawn? As beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun, awesome as an army with banners. 11I went down into the garden of nut trees to look at the fruit of the valley, to see if the vine had budded, or the pomegranates had bloomed. 12Before I was aware, my soul set me among the chariots of my princely people.
–from Song of Songs 6
Do you realize how beautiful you are to God? Do you realize how much God loves you? Do you realize how much He cares for you? Will you turn back to God? Will you run to Him?
1Come back, come back, O Shulammite! Come back, come back, that we may look upon you. Why do you gaze at the Shulammite like the dance of Mahanaim? 2How lovely are your sandaled feet, O nobleman’s daughter! The curves of your thighs are like jewels, the work of a craftsman’s hand. 3Your navel is a round goblet, may it not lack mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat enclosed with lilies. 4Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. 5Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are pools in Heshbon near the gate of Bath-rabbim. Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon overlooking Damascus. 6Your head crowns you like Carmel, and the hair of your head like purple. The king is captivated in its tresses! 7How beautiful and how pleasing you are, O Love, with your delights! 8Your stature is like a date palm and your breasts like its clusters. 9I said, “I will climb the date palm and take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apple.
The Bride’s Appeal
10May your mouth be like the best wine, going down smoothly for my beloved, causing the lips of sleepers to speak. 11I am my lover’s, and his desire is for me. 12Come, my beloved, let us go out into the field. Let us spend the night in the villages. 13Let us go out early to the vineyards, —let us see if the vine has budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates have bloomed— there I will give you my love. 14The mandrakes have given off fragrance, and over our door is every choice fruit, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my lover.
–from Song of Songs 7
How much do you want what God has for you? Do you realize you were created to have a relationship with Him? He loves you so much! He will never leave you nor abandon you! Will you call to Him? Will you receive Him into your life? Will you choose Him?
1O, that you were like a brother to me, who nursed at my mother’s breasts. If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me. 2I would lead you and bring you into my mother’s house— she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink from the nectar of my pomegranate. 3O that his left hand were under my head, and his right hand embraced me. 4 I charge you, daughters of Jerusalem, Do not arouse or awaken love until it so delights.
5Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her lover? Under the apple tree I roused you. There your mother travailed with you. There she who was in labor gave you birth. 6Set me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as Sheol. Its flames are bolts of fire, the flame of Adonai. 7Many waters cannot quench love, nor rivers wash it away. If one gave all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly despised. 8We have a little sister, still without breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day when she is spoken for? 9If she is a wall, we will build on her a turret of silver. If she is a door, we will fence her in with cedar plank. 10I am a wall, and my breasts like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes as one bringing shalom. 11Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon. He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers. Each was to bring for his fruit a thousand pieces of silver. 12My very own vineyard is before me. The thousand are for you, Solomon, and two hundred for those who tend the fruit. 13You who abide in the gardens, friends are listening for your voice. Let me hear it! 14Come quickly, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices!
–from Song of Songs 8
So will you trust Him? Will you give it up into His hands? Will you come palms up? allowing things to be added and removed? He will never forget us! He will never leave us! He may be silent, but even the teacher is silent during the test. So don’t worry! Don’t fear! Trust and believe in Him!
Trust in His Chesed
1For the music director, a psalm of David. 2How long, Adonai? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 3How long must I have cares in my soul and daily sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 4Look at me and answer, Adonai my God. Light up my eyes, or I will sleep in death. 5Or else my enemy will say: “I have overcome him!” and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 6But I trust in Your lovingkindness, my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to Adonai, because He has been good to me.
–from Psalms 13
He loves you! He wants you to be part of His family and for you to be adopted in as a child of God! So let’s walk in the hope! Let’s not lose hope! Let’s not fear! Let’s be bold and courageous as we walk with and serve God! Let’s walk as ambassadors of peace! Let’s walk as ambassadors of love! Let’s walk as ambassadors of hope! People need it! People need to hear about the hope that is in you! People need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and allow Jesus to become a real part of their lives! How are you modeling it? What song is being written through your life to be able to help others come to know of Jesus? What song is being written through the way you are living out life that will help others see hope and love? This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s not waste what we have been given but be good stewards of our time and energy!
1See how glorious a love the Father has given us, that we should be called God’s children—and so we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 2Loved ones, now we are God’s children; and it has not yet been revealed what we will be. But we do know that when it’s revealed, we shall be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 4Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness—indeed, sin is lawlessness. 5You know that Yeshua appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who sins has seen Him or known Him. 7Children, let no one mislead you! The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Yeshua is righteous. 8The one who practices sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. Ben-Elohim appeared for this purpose—to destroy the works of the devil. 9No one born of God practices sin, because God’s seed remains in him. He cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Loving Children Emulate His Actions
10It is clear who are the children of God and who are the children of the devil by this—anyone who does not act righteously or love his brother is not of God. 11For this is the message you have heard from the beginning—we should love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, while his brother’s were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer—and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16We have come to know love by this—Yeshua laid down His life for us, and we also ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17But if someone has material possessions and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18Children, let us not love with word or talk, but in deed and truth! 19By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and set our heart at rest before Him 20whenever our heart condemns us. For God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21Loved ones, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22and whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight. 23Now this is His commandment—that we should believe in the name of His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24The one who keeps His commandments abides in God, and God in him. We know that He abides in us by this—by the Spirit He has given us.
–from 1 John 3
I just had an aha moment…People ask me how can I …. It’s because of Jesus!
I joke about work life balance and having to make life busy to make sure it is balanced but the reality is that without Jesus and His love I couldn’t do any of it! It’s by His grace and His love for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.