By R.C. Chapman
“Draw me: we will run after Thee.” (Song of Solomon 1:4)
My soul longeth for Thee! Thy beloved, having one Spirit, is but one. Many the members—the body one. I join with all Thy Church when, with one voice, out of weakness, she entreats Her Head, her Husband: “Draw me: we will run after thee.”
Thou, Lord, art my joy and heaven; and here in my pilgrimage I am a stranger and sojourner with Thee. My soul followeth hard after Thee, allured by Thy beauty and excellency, O Lord Jesus, who art altogether glorious, altogether lovely.
Grieved and afflicted am I—this Thou knowest—but welcome tribulation and every storm, since Thou art my hiding place and haven of rest.
In my earthly house of this tabernacle, I groan, being burdened; for being my Lord’s freeman, dead to that which held me once, and married to another, my soul makes loud complaint at any check or hindrance to my perfect liberty of communion with Thee.
Lord, Thou dost pity me in my sore distress because of sin that dwelleth in me. Thou dost commend Thy mourners who fight in the midst of defeat; who pray and faint not in the midst of fainting. Thine heart is moved, while from the height of Thy sanctuary and Thy glorious throne Thine eyes behold my warfare, and thine ears attend to this my complaint: “Who shall deliver me?” Thou givest me to say: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” “With the mind I, myself, serve the law of God, but with the flesh, the law of sin” (Romans 7:24-25).
O my Lord “ where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2nd Corinthians 3:17). Thy Spirit testifies of Thee, teaching me, while my soul longeth for Thee, to eat Thy flesh and drink Thy blood; even to partake of Thee, the slain Lamb. O let me, then, be truly dead to the law, and alive to God, by Thee! So shall I delight in the law of the Lord, dwelling in Thy love, and walking in fellowship with the Father, and with Thee, the Son of His love—so shall I purge my conscience from guilt, and behave myself as a child—duteous, meek, and lowly before the Father, and as a brother, friend, and servant, a redeemed one, of my Lord and Savior!
Excerpt from Meditations on the Song of Solomon, Kindle, Loc 95.