Song of Solomon 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
of the spices mentioned in this chapter are quite suggestive.
was a bitter spice, and it tells of the sweetness of bitter things, the
bitter-sweet, which has its own fine application that only those can
understand who have felt it.
The myrrh was used to embalm the dead, and
it tells of death to something. It is the sweetness which comes to the
heart after it has died to its self-will and pride and sin.
the inexpressible charm that hovers about some Christians simply
because they bear upon the chastened countenance and mellow spirit the
impress of the cross, the holy evidence of having died to something that
was once proud and strong, but is now forever at the feet of Jesus.
is the heavenly charm of a broken spirit and a contrite heart, the music
that springs from the minor key, the sweetness that comes from the
touch of the frost upon the ripened fruit.
the frankincense was a fragrance that came from the touch of the fire.
It was the burning powder that rose in clouds of sweetness from the
bosom of the flames.
It tells of the heart whose sweetness has been
called forth, perhaps by the flames of affliction, until the holy place
of the soul is filled with clouds of praise and prayer.
Beloved, are we
giving out the spices, the perfumes, the sweet odors of the heart?
Love-Life of Our LORD~