Who Is This That Comes

The Song Of Solomon 3:6, “Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?”

There are many families who live in America today who have experienced the days when military service members would come home from times of war. For those who have not experienced this personally, they more than likely have heard stories. I’ve heard many stories about families who longed to see their sons and daughters come home and when they would see them at a distance, someone would say “Look who it is.” I remember one particular story told when a family was working in the garden and the mother of the house ran to her husband with tears in her eyes pointing and saying, “Our son has come home.”

As we read through the Song Of Solomon, we’re able to see the love Solomon and his beloved Shulamite had for each other. I’m sure there were many days the Shulamite would look from the vineyard and hope to see Solomon coming to see her. As I meditate upon this amazing love story, I can visualize the Shulamite, when she saw Solomon at a distance, telling her mom and dad, there comes the one “whom my soul loveth.”

In our study verse, we read about the Shulamite looking and seeing Solomon coming from the wilderness to see her. The “pillars of smoke” tell us about her lifted spirit in seeing him. The “myrrh and frankincense” tell us about the happiness the aroma of his presence gave her. The “powders of the merchant” tell us that he already paid the dowry for her to be his. When I read this verse, I am able to gather how happy she was to see him. In my mind, I can just see the big smile on her face as she races across the vineyard to hug her beloved Solomon.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, just as the Shulamite loved Solomon, so the children of God love the Lord Jesus Christ. According to 1 John 4:19, “We love him because he first loved us.” And just as she looked with anticipation of seeing Solomon, so we look with hope of seeing the Lord. On the last day, it will be far greater than what the Shulamite experienced when she saw Solomon. On that day, we shall see Him Who will make us rejoice and never be sad again. On that day, we shall see Him Whose very presence will bring happiness beyond imagination. On that day, we shall see Him Who has already paid the price that we would be with Him in heaven forever.

In closing, I would ask the reader to consider three portions of scripture that has brought me much comfort and hope:

(1) John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

(2) 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

(3) Revelation 21:4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Brothers and sisters in Christ the hymn writer said:
There is coming a day when no heart-aches shall come, No more
clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye; All is peace
for-ev-er-more on that hap-py gold-en shore,
What a day, glo-ri-ous day that will be!

There’ll be no sorrow there, no more bur-dens to bear, No more
sickness, no pain, no more part-ing over there; And for-ev-er
I will be with the One who died for me,
What a day, glo-ri-ous day that will be!
What a day that will be when my Jesus
I shall see, And I look up-on His face, the One who saved me
by His grace; When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the
Promised Land
What a day, glo-ri-ous day that will be!


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