“Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.” “We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine.” Song of Solomon 1:4 NAS
It is the loving kindness of God that draws us to Himself and invites us to share in the treasures of an intimate relationship with Him. “I drew them,” God says in Hosea, “…with bands of love” (11:4). As the Father draws us to Jesus, so we love Him because He first loved us.
Running together, an activity like play or dancing engaged solely for enjoyment’s sake and delighting in one another’s company, is an exhilarating expression of such a relationship. It is reminiscent of Eric Liddell, 1924 Olympic 400 meter champion and Chinese missionary, declaring “When I run I feel His pleasure.” His delight in running with the Lord’s approbation was akin to the beloved’s desire to run with her King.
Years ago there was a popular chorus from this passage that went like this: I will rejoice in You and be glad, I will extol Your love more than wine. Draw me after You and let us run together. I will rejoice in You and be glad.
Is it time for you to push the pause button on the pursuit of purpose and rediscover the joy of simply reveling in and celebrating life together with the One you love?
(Photo: Wild horses in the Lower Salt River – Tonto Natl Forest, AZ)