Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #12
Posted: December 7, 2010

Redeeming Love


Let us continue our study of the great book of the Song of Solomon. We have chosen as our theme redeeming love. It is our thrust and prayer for this study that the Lord would teach us how to love Him like He loves us.

Let us begin this week to look in chapter 4 and the subject of worshiping love. The highest peak of true love for the Lord is displayed in worship. Fanny Crosby said it best when she said, blessed assurance Jesus is mine and I am filled with His goodness and lost in His love. Jesus told the woman at the well that God was the Spirit and seeks people to worship Him in spirit and truth. The word spirit used here begins with a little Ďsí speaking of her human spirit. The word worship means to bow. The word truth speaks of the Word of God. True worship comes when we bow in our spirit to His truth. Why is there so little emotional intimacy with God in our worship services, I believe it is because there is so little bowing in our spirit to His truth.

Let us look this week in Song of Solomon 4:8 and worshiping promoters. Solomon mentions some things that should provoke and promote worship in the life of the redeemed. Solomon mentions to the bride-to-be in verse 8 a carrying away from something. He says in verse eight come away with me from the lionís den. This speaks of Satan's power. Romans six says, knowing this that our old man is crucified with Christ that the body of sin might be destroyed that henceforth we should not serve sin. Our Savior surely breaks the power of cancelled sin in the life of the redeemed. He also carries her away in verse eight from the mountain of leopards. The Leopard speaks of the one who is sly, sneaky, and filled with temptation. Our Lord delivers us from temptation. The Leopard is also known for their spots. Our Lord washes away every spot and stain of sin. Let us bow in worship to these truths. This bowing will lead us into intimacy with the one who breaks the power of cancelled sin and sets the prisoner free. I wonder today what it is the Lord wants to carry me away from. Will I miss it because I failed to spend time in his truth and bow to what I see? Paul said, the Lord is able to deliver His people out of every temptation. No wonder Jesus said when you pray remember to pray Lord, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Solomon also says in 4:8 about worshiping promoters, that it will involve a going up to. Our Lord not only wants to take us away from some things, but he desires to take us to some higher things. The mountain mentioned in verse eight certainly describes for us a lofty spiritual position. Watchmen Nee said the place inside of you where God dwells is the holy of holies. He said, do you know where that place is inside of you where God dwells? Nee also said, have you ever been in there?

One of the mountains he desires to take her to is Mt. Lebanon. The word means to make white as snow. Let us go into the position that he has washed me with his blood and I am now whiter than snow. Let me bow to the truth that my sins past, present, and future are gone. What a high and lofty place to be in this day.

The second mount he desires to take her up to is Mt. Amana. The word means a sure and fixed position. The Psalmist said my heart is fixed trusting in the Lord. He has brought me from darkness to light and from death to life. I am redeemed, adopted, and a child of the king, O what a standing is mine. A third mountain in verse eight that he goes to with her is Mt. Shinar. This is the highest peak of this mountain range. God has fixed it up for us that when we look up to Him we see all from an aerial view and are allowed to look down on all our circumstances. The fourth Mt. she goes up to with him was on is Mt. Herman. The word means consecrated and death to self. If we are to know him intimately we must die to self. Our Lord said we cannot be his disciples if we refuse to die to self. We died daily as we bow in our spirit to truth and worship Him.

Martin Luther when nailing his 95 thesis to the door of the Catholic Church in Germany said one of the statements was that the door to salvation begins with self hatred and must continue until we reach heavenís door. We must come to the position if we are to truly worship, that we are nothing, others are something, and Christ is everything.