In my youth I read the King James version of the Bible and I distinctly remember laughing at the subtitles of “Song of Solomon” in the KJV. “Christ adoreth his Church” seemed an absurdity to me. This was a book about two people making love, period. It was embarrassingly intimate. But I think I got this wrong. In the Anglican rite of marriage there is an interesting phrase, “with my body I thee worship.” It indicates that the physical union of a husband and wife is a form of worship. It is a form of adoration that pictures for us what true intimacy is like. It is worship. It is union. It produces new life.
What is the mission of God? Is it not to restore humanity to an intimate love relationship with himself? Jesus uses the analogy of a wedding feast 9 times in Matthew’s Gospel to express the intimacy of relationship with God that will be re-established in the kingdom. Fourteen times in Matthew and Mark, God is presented as the “bridegroom.” Revelation presents the Church as the “bride” of Christ 5 times at the end of the book to indicate this restored intimacy in the new age. Is it so surprising, then, that the interpreters of Song of Solomon saw a connection, an analogy of intimacy in relationship to God reflected in the intimacy of man and woman.
We make the point in the mission of God that worship is the “fuel” that drives the mission. We call it a “passion.” Worship is a passion for intimacy, for honoring, for adoration and yes, for the deepest pleasure and delight. What is the chief end of man?, the Westminster catechism asks. “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Song of Solomon paints a beautiful picture of love and intimacy that finds its ultimate fulfillment in Revelation 19:9:
“Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the lamb!”
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