God speaks to each of His people individually in His Word. What did God say to me in the Song of Songs?
Marriage is not always as Song of Songs depicts it – the love, the electric, the magic. However, the teaching is clear: enjoy your marriage partner. He or she is to be a source of joy and contentment; a lifelong covenant of commitment to each other out of love
Similarly, as part of the Bride of Christ, the message to me was very clear: Gerard, as part of the Bride of Christ, enjoy Jesus, the Bridegroom. It is not something to wait for in eternity. No, revel in the beauty of the Lord, here, today. Be joyful as you read the Bible, pray and listen to the Holy Spirit’s teaching about the Bridegroom and His fantastic Father, God.
My experience is that there are times when life with God becomes a bit much. It happens when I put myself under pressure to be more godly, to obey the Lord in all things, to read more Bible, to fast, do this, do that, et cetera. Yet it does not please God or the Bridegroom if the joy and experience of love is replaced by the drudgery of duty. That is where I discovered the mercy, grace and many miracles that happen when I consult the Holy Spirit for His help when I am a bit down.
Song of Songs emphasises the wonderful lesson that the Bridegroom, Jesus the Messiah, saved and saves out of love and He wants us to enjoy His love and care.