By God’s Grace, I am what I Am

The Song of Solomon 7:10, “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.”

There are two other times in this inspired Song that we’ve read similar words to our study verse. 2:16, “My beloved is mine, and I am his:…” and 6:3, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine:…” Now in 7:10, the Shulamite declares “his delight is toward me.”

The Shulamite has been assured, over and over, of Solomon’s love. The people of Israel have witnessed and heard Solomon declare his love. Now she tells all that it is abundantly manifested, he loves me. Because of his love, she will dwell in the king’s house. Because of his love, she will enjoy riches untold. Because of his love, she will be near him and enjoy his company.

I was talking to another Bible student this week and was asked to put this verse in my words according to my understanding. My answer? I’m satisfied that God always says it the best way. But if the reader will suffer me to interpret the verse to my understanding, I am my Beloved’s and by His love and grace I am what I am. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 we read these words, “But by the grace of God I am what I am:…”

In the Old Testament there was a man named David. He, by the inspiration of Spirit, penned Psalm 23. I’m reminded of this Psalm when I read our study verse. Throughout the Psalm, David declares God’s care and love.

Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

There is a hymn we often sing that I’m reminded of when I read our study verse, The Lord Has Been So Good To Me.

The Lord has been so good to me, I want to sing His praise, I want to glorify His name all my remaining days.

I want to follow in His steps And show my love this way; I want to lift His banner up Each fair or cloudy day.

I want to mingle with His saints While here on earth I stay, And meet them on the golden shore On that eternal day.

Lord Jesus, Thou hast mercy shown And saved me by Thy grace, And I shall when this life is o’er Look on Thy lovely face.

And in the land of endless bliss, Where all the praise is Thine, Some humble place at Thy dear feet May this poor sinner find.

The Lord has been so good to me, I will on Him depend; And ev-’ry day wher-e’er I be, I would His truth de-fend.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, can we not all declare, with loud voices, the Lord’s “desire is toward me”? He has proven His love to us many times. Jacob told us in Genesis 32:10, “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant;…” I will say the same. I am unworthy but thankful, at the same time, that I have a hope in Him. Amen!

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