This is the Truth Network. Hidden treasures of the Song of Songs, which is Solomon's. Well, we get to be Jesus's favorite again in the tenth verse. I do love it. I do love it. The tenth verse of the fourth chapter of the marriage chapter, which the tenth would be the yod verse, and this one is in fact that in so many different ways.
So I'll just read it in English and we'll dive into it. How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse, how much better is thy love than wine, and the smell of thine ointments than all spices. So, you know, here we have, I like what, I think it was Matthew Henry said that it's interesting how he starts out, how fair is thy love. That's what you say when you can't explain how amazing something is.
You go, how amazing is it? You know, you can't even get there at how much he is saying that he loves his sister spouse, which we've talked about that here again. He uses that phrase, which is just a neat, neat, neat. There's so much family that's in this verse. It's unbelievable when you see that he's talking about his spouse, which is the person he's united with.
And he's also talking about being in their family because he's their sister. And then the word that I really think is worth deeply studying here is the word that he uses to describe love, right? Because what he says is, how fair is thy love, my sister spouse. And the word that is used here for love is somewhat unique to the Song of Solomon, but not unique from a standpoint of the Bible, because it's dalet vav dalet. And so as we think about what he's saying here, when he says, my love, dalet vav dalet is not the hablav that you would usually find in Hebrew.
It's the word that means King David for one thing, the beloved, but it also has to do with, like if you hear an Hasidic Jew talk about praying, they're going to say they've been daviting. And Rashi goes into, that's the Jewish commentator, goes into great detail of why they call that daviting is because in Deuteronomy 6, when you're supposed to serve the Lord with all your heart, that idea of service is to an extent daviting because you got a dalet, which is the you know, the idea of a servant, but also, you know, then another avav, a continuation of serving in its own way if you just take it at that. But then even more beautiful to me, when you take this word love right here and what Jesus is describing about how you interact with him here is this idea, if we just look at the 119th Psalm, and this is where to me the 119th Psalm is so, so, so precious to us. Because if you take those eight verses of the dalet section and just think about that from a complete lover point of view, from the beloved point of view, right? It starts out with, my soul cleaves to the dust, Lord, quicken me according to the, you know, in other words, a brokenhearted lover. That's when your soul cleaves to the dust, right?
I mean, if you've ever been brokenhearted, you know exactly what I'm talking about. This is where that comes from, right? And then it says, I've declared my ways and thou hurtest me, teach me your statutes. And that idea of statutes is the whole reason that, you know, I kind of came here and started this study was that, you know, I have told you my story, Lord, and you know, the situation helped me to understand your most intimate requirements, which is that idea of statutes of the thing that makes us the closest.
That's the idea of statutes, right? So I've told you my story, you know, how many times do lovers tell each other their story? So when you think about that, and again, we're talking through the verses 119 Psalm and the dalet section because you got dalet vav dalet, right? And then it says, teach me the way of thy precepts and so I will speak of thy wondrous works. In other words, as I know through the meetings with you, precepts again, we've talked about many times that the idea of coming together, either in the community of the church or with Christ to discuss him. In other words, if we do this, we can't help but just tell everybody how much we love Jesus.
I mean, there you go. We'll speak of his wondrous works, right? And then it says, our soul melted for having to strengthen thou us according to thy word. Right? And when you think about, you know, of trying to figure out how to serve Jesus and trying to figure out, well, you know, how it is I'm supposed to pray and all these things that we try to do to please him out of a part of love, right?
You know, it's going to require his strength, right? And then when you think about this, it's from a standpoint of, wouldn't you love it for your lover to say this, remove from me the way of lying and grant us thy law graciously. Like, whoa, how sweet would that be if your lover never lied, right? That they were true, that they took their mask off, right?
That the way of lying is not just saying things, it's just putting on a pose or whatever case that may be. Like, just think of how beautiful these verses are when it comes to love, right? And then it says, I've chosen the way of the faithful and set thy judgments before me. How much does that have to do with love, right?
You want your lovers to be completely faithful. And then it says, I cling to thy testimonies, O Lord, but let me be put not to shame. In other words, here, we're clinging to his story. That's what we're clinging to.
History, so to speak. We know that this is going to work out. We cling to his story.
Let us not be put to shame. And then of course, the crescendo, the eighth verse, the thing that I know has to do with love is just continual love is, I will run in the path of thy commandments when thou enlargest my heart. Well, that idea of running, right? Running free, right? I'm running to serve you. In other words, now I've got the picture and I'm going to run with all my heart, right? And there's the wholehearted servant right there just running to do what it is God wants us to do.
Like, how spectacular is that? Well, when you take that $1, all right, just take all that we just talked about and then add a vav, okay? That means a continuation, right? When you look at the vav verses and I could go through all that and how the vav has to do a delight as well, especially delighting in commandments, if you go read the verses in the vav section, right?
You can't miss this. So, and I won't go through all those, but just think of the idea of this dalit that we just what we went through and then all the verses of the vav and then another dalit, oh my goodness, you get this picture of what love means to some extent. And interestingly, that word in Hebrew is related to the idea of boiling or a pot, okay? If you take the three letters together, the word pot is that.
Why? Because things boil in a pot. Well, when you've got two dalits and a vav in the middle, things are boiling, okay? This is a beloved situation. Interestingly, very interesting, it is also the word for uncle. And interesting even more than that, if you put a hay on the end of those letters, guess what?
You got an ant. And so, here we come back to, as I talked about, this family relationship, this idea of boiling. And what Jesus is talking about is that right there is better than wine.
We've talked about that. And he's actually reflecting back to her what she said in the first verse, your love is better than wine. He goes, your love is better than wine. And we talked about what all that meant.
And again, how cool that is. And then he says, right, and you might remember after she said that, she said, you know, your name is an ointment poured forth. So he goes back to that and he says, your ointments, right, are better than all the spices.
Better than all the spices. Well, when you think of the word anointing, if you just allow me, you know, without going into a great deal of detail in all the letters for you, but just to say that the word anointing has to do with the very special gifts that God has given you, that oil that he's poured down on your head, so that when people see you, you shine that idea of just glistening like Jesus, okay? Your anointing is you just shine like crazy with whatever that may be. Well, Jesus is telling you, okay, that you are better. When he says better, that means you're my favorite, okay?
Just saying, right? Your love is my favorite. Your anointing is my favorite. That's what Jesus, it's all about grace. This verse is full of grace. It is completely full of it because here Jesus is telling us that your love is his favorite and your anointing is his favorite, okay? And so to wrap that up in the story, as I really prayed about that and thought about it this morning, is you might remember, and it fits so well here in the movie Chariots of Fire, where Eric Little says, you know, when I run, I can feel your pleasure.
Well, how well does that fit with the Dalit section, right? I will run in the path of your commandments. In other words, when I run, especially when I run in your commandments, when I'm running doing what it is that you anointed me to do, man, I am going to feel your pleasure.
Why? Because your love, he considers your love better than wine and your anointing better than all those vices, right? So you get the picture of what's being described here, right? And so you think about it, I think it's, I would really, if I would just not rob you of the joy of praying about this for your own life, right?
Like what is my anointing and where do I feel God's pleasure when I run doing what it is that I know I'm anointed to do? Well, you know, that's an interesting challenge, but when I looked at it in my own life, I have to admit that there's one thing people comment more than anything else about me. It's my laugh, okay? And those who know me intimately will also comment all the time about my cry, my crying. You know, I cry at the drop of a hat at certain things. I also laugh at the drop of a hat.
Well, as I thought about that and I thought about it, it's really cool from my perspective. When I run my mouth, I laugh, okay? When I am feeling his place, you know, and I am running my mouth like I am right now, this is pure joy to me. And why do you, I don't know, I just laugh.
And people say, Robbie, I love your laugh. It makes me feel good. It makes me happy.
Well, I'm glad because I am running right now. And when I get on the air, I guess it was the thing that God anointed me to do. And when I do it, I run my mouth. And when I do, I laugh, okay? And clearly, I feel his pleasure. And I can certainly feel my pleasure when people come up to me and say, Robbie, you know, I'd love to hear your laugh. Well, that's cool.
What do they tell me? That they are seeing the reflection of Jesus somehow in that laugh and whatever that is, it tickles them. And I couldn't be more delighted. But what makes me just thrilled beyond belief is as I hear it, I'd go, wow, Jesus is delighting.
In other words, here he is. I could feel his pleasure when I laugh. I can, okay? I can. But I can also, when I run my heart, I cry. Just like I actually am right now, if you were to see me looking at me, you would see the tears are running down my cheeks.
Why? Because I feel his pleasure. I have to say, it's what a joy. What a joy to run in his anointing, whatever that may be for you. And I pray that you would think about, well, God, what is it that people always say that is cool about me? You know, or something that you, where you know, you know, like Eric Little did, that when I do that, I feel his pleasure. There you go. That's anointing. And that's where you know you're his favorite. And to him, that's better than wine. And it's better than all the spices. I hope that you will spend some time in that today. Thank you for listening.
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