Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. ~ Song of Solomon 1:6
We find King Solomon wooing the Shulammite woman working in the fields. Tired, worn and weary from the heavy labour, she finds herself unworthy of the King’s noted interest. Her skin has been darkened by the scorching of the sun, her feet and hands worked out and… her vineyard has not been kept. The King does not consider her opinions but finds in her a beauty he desires.
I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots. Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver. ~ Song of Solomon 1:9-11
Oh what a beautiful illustration of God’s unending love for us. The Kind of Kings is wooing us into a life-long relationship with him.
Oh Princess, what keeps you from entering into this Love? And you, oh Prince?
Perhaps you too, feel your body aching under your works of sin, your skin has been scarred by the sun and you’ve been blackened. Perhaps, your vineyard has also not been kept.
Our King sees past all of this. He considers not how we have trodden in the wounding fields of lust, immorality and sin.
He only sees your beauty, the vessel He longs for you to become once you agree to fall into His embrace.
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; So shall the King greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou Him. ~ Ps 45:10-11