“My dove, my perfect one, is the only one, the only one of her mother, pure to her who bore her. The young women saw her and called her blessed; the queens and concubines also, and they praised her. “Who is this who looks down like the dawn, beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun, awesome as an army with banners? – Song of Solomon 6:9-10.
The Song of Solomon was written and inspired by God to bless the lives of every man and every woman regardless of their age or upbringing by teaching them how to find true love, enjoy a lifelong partner, and build a successful marriage. The Song of Solomon is talking about love, sex and marriage. The question is whether “love like the dawn and beautiful as the moon” is still relevant today.
Love, sex, and marriage is very relevant in today’s culture. It is hard to pick up a magazine, regardless of the target audience, that does not have one or more articles on one of these categories. We are inundated with messages when it comes to themes like love, sex and marriage. All these were created by God. He is the creator, the designer, the architect, He owns the copyright. So it makes perfect sense that we would hear from Him on the subject. In Song of Solomon you find the beauty and depth that God had in mind for love, sex and marriage.
The Song of Solomon shows that God cares about the daily lives of his people. Ideally, if a couple today learns the Song of Solomon, then they can lay the proper foundation in dating for a joyful marriage. The story gives some of the best advice available for dating couples. It teaches a woman how to choose a husband and a man how to choose a wife so that they might live full, married, lives. The ones who learn what God expects of them before marriage start off with fewer problems. When problems do appear, they know how to handle them instead of just reacting to them. It will work as well today as it did thousands of years ago.
But there is another reason why the Song of Solomon is still relevant today and why we are talking about it in the Unforgettable Love Story series. It is never too too late for those of us who are already married. The Song of Solomon teaches how to lay the foundation for a happy marriage at every stage–courting, newlywed, and silver or golden anniversaries. At whatever stage a couple happens to be, they can examine their relationship, and more importantly they can build on it. To make it better. It’s not too late to enjoy the happiness displayed in the Song of Solomon or the marital love that God designed.
- What are some of the ways that the Song of Solomon expresses the nature of a right relationship between husband and wife?
- What can you learn from the Song of Solomon that will help you in your marriage?
- What can you learn from Solomon or his bride on how to be a better spouse?
- If you need to take a step or two of growth in dating, marriage or relationships, what might that look like?