We, the Shullamite, exist in the story as a captive. We have been altered by the conforming pressures of this world. Thorns and Briars. We have been altered by the opinions and the words of onlookers. We have been altered. We are not what we were made to be. We are in need of a personal revival. The recreation of our Dust. We need to be intimately united to His good evaluation….. .to become one with His perspective.
The love story is very personal. The cup is very personal. Will you marry me? There is a desire in the Beloved to share a personal story with us. To drink of the same cup. To know and be known. “He says, ‘May your… .mouth (be) like the best wine,’ and She says, ‘It goes down smoothly for my beloved, gliding over lips and teeth’,” Song of Songs 7:8-10. Dialogue is exchanged for a lover’s eternity. Hearts are exchanged. Experiences are exchanged. Lives are exchanged.
“And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins,” Matthew 26:27-28. The blood of Christ, the DNA of the Spirit, is intended to personally inhabit each and every human being. It is a literal internalization of the spiritual life of Christ. In the same way that Christ walked fully Human into our captive worlds, we have been invited to walk fully Spiritual into His free world. And it’s personal. I can’t say it enough. The body and the blood goes into our hearts and minds. It dwells fully within. It speaks salvation to the individual soul.
The Prince of Peace comes with an invitation. It is an invitation to experience. He is not averted by our condition. He is drawn to our original design. He asks to experience us, individually. And He offers Himself to be experienced. He wants to know and be known. We take in His salvation. We digest it and it becomes an integral part of our souls. We speak it back to Him. She says, “My beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand…. .this is my beloved and this is my friend,” Song of Songs 5:10-16. And as the worship of love is sung back and forth between lovers, the fibers of the song weave a strong cord that cannot be broken. “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it,” Song of Songs 8:7. The Divine enraptures the dust and the threads of each are not individually recognizable. “A threefold cord is not quickly broken,” Ecclesiastes 4:12. They become One!
Personally knowing and being personally known. “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known,” 1 Corinthians 13:12. You are known by the Beloved. You are personally known. He has descended into your human world. He has come to inhabit and explore your human heart. He longs to know you. And He has come to speak a personal word that revives you. A word of Life. It’s a very personal story. He knows the stories of your marks and the tale of your captivity. He has come to offer you the cup of internal salvation…. .for eternity. Get caught up in the internal, enrapturing, lyrical salvation of His personal word to you!