This cheating and deluding scene.

(Henry Law, "The Song of Solomon" 1879)

"Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
 leaning on her Beloved?
" Song 8:5

A form is seen coming up from the wilderness;
but not alone, not unsupported. There is another
near, and on Him all weight is laid. The truth is
clear. We see the Christian deriving support from
his Lord. They proceed together along a path
leading up from the wilderness.

The believer is called . . .
  to leave all for Christ;
  to come out from a fallen and polluted world;
  to shun its pleasures;
  to turn from its smiles;
  to disregard its frowns;
  to close the ear to its enticing voice;
  to reject its fascinating cup;
  to trample on its principles and maxims;
  to feel that the world in its every pulse is opposed to Christ.

Such views are the true teachings of the Spirit. The
believer, a pupil in this school, arises and departs.

But there is no profit in what he abandons.

The world, when truly seen, is a waste wilderness.

It is no fair garden of Eden, fragrant with delicious
flowers. It is no vineyard, in which grapes hang down
in luxuriant clusters. It is no peaceful meadow, free
from incursions of devouring beasts. It is no lovely
grove, in which the melody of cheerful birds delights
the ear. It is no path, in which surrounding prospects
give enchanting views.

It is a desert: wild, dismal, and unsatisfying.

It is an enemy's land, beset with perils and
encompassed with malignant foes. Here no
manna falls, and no refreshing streams trickle
by the side.

Its food is poison. To taste is to imbibe death.

What is its produce? Thorns! Thistles! Briers!

It yields no nurture; but disappointment, misery,
and woe. The believer is called to come up from
this cheating and deluding scene.

But how can the Christian obey? He is weak and
powerless in himself. But a mighty arm is near!
Jesus says, "I will strengthen you; yes, I will help
you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of
My righteousness." He extends the arm of His
omnipotence and cries, "Come, lean on Me!"

As without Jesus the first step cannot be taken,
so without Him advance cannot be made. But
He is ever near, willing, able.

The heavenward path is a steep ascent. It requires
strong limbs to climb. But leaning on Jesus, the
upward race may be run without loitering.

The path, also, through life's course is slippery.
Our feet are liable to stumble. Snares also, and
pitfalls are before us. But leaning on Him we are
upheld, and safely guided.

Thus let us pass through life leaning on our Beloved.

Let us lean on Him as we pass through the valley
of the shadow of death. His rod and staff will surely

Let us enter heaven leaning on the same arm.

"Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
 leaning on her Beloved?
" Song 8:5