Let’s begin by reading Song of Solomon 1:1-2, “The song of songs, which is Solomon’s. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.”  This important book was written by King Solomon, as the first verse tells us.  Solomon, the son of King David, also wrote Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.  It is the story of the love of King Solomon for the Shulamite, his bride.  In this book we have the groom, the bride, and the daughters of Jerusalem.

This is a romantic and loving book, with many types of the Lord Jesus found here.  In verse 2 we read, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.”  This is the bride longing for the touch of her groom.  She desires intimacy as she contemplates the virtues of her bridegroom.  The lesson we have here, or the type of Christ that is found here, is in the realization that the Lord Jesus also has a bride.  We read the Apostle Paul’s words to the church in 2 Corinthians 11:2, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”  As part of the bride of Christ, we have to zealously guard our hearts from anything that would distract or lead our hearts away from the Lord.  Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

We are instructed to love our bridegroom.  One such example is Colossians 3:1-2, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”  As believers on the Lord Jesus, we are instructed to ‘seek those things which are above’ and to ‘set your affection on things above.’  In our portion in the Song of Solomon, we find the bride has sought out her groom and has set her affection upon him.  As such, she desires a deeper intimacy with him.  The kisses represent true affection and she finds the love of the groom to be even better than wine.  Let’s consider the words of David and apply them to ourselves.  We read in Psalm 2:12, “Kiss the Son!”  May our hearts’ desire be to grow into a greater degree of intimacy with our Lord Jesus.  (212.2)