No wonder the maidens love You!

(James Durham, "The Song of Solomon")  LISTEN to audio!  Download audio

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"Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth; for Your love is more delightful than wine! Pleasing is the fragrance of Your perfumes; Your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love You!" Song of Solomon 1:2-3

Believers are not soon satisfied in expressing Christ's worth. Christ, and all that is in Him, is as refreshing as a box that is full of the most precious perfume. Christ is well stored with grace—it is poured into His lips.

This fragrance of Christ's graces is not felt by everyone. The box of His perfumes is not open to all, but only to those who believe; for to them He is precious, and everything that is in Him is most cordial and fragrant to the believer. "Yes, He is very precious to you who believe!" 1 Peter 2:7

The more Christ and His worth is known, it will fragrance the better, and be the more refreshing; for it is His name which is this perfume. Christ, in His excellent worth, is unknown to the world. They do not inquire into this fragrant name. But if He were once known, they would find in Him that which would make them give over their other unprofitable pursuits, and pant after Him!

"My Lover is radiant and dazzling, better than ten thousand others!" Song of Solomon 5:10

"His mouth is sweetness itself! He is altogether lovely!
 This is my Lover, this my Friend!" Song of Solomon 5:16

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Something to ponder:
"There are three idols that Christians find very hard to mortify, namely:
  the applause of the world,
  the pleasures of the world, and
  the reproaches of the world." Andrew Gray, 1633-1656