“O my dove”….Song of Solomon 1:15 (add)

“Christ gives himself to the soul, with all his excellencies, righteousness, preciousness, graces, and eminencies, to be its Saviour, head, and husband, forever to dwell with it in this holy relation. He looks upon the souls of his saints, likes them well, counts them fair and beautiful, because he has made them so. “Behold, you are fair, my companion; behold, you are fair; you have doves’ eyes” (Song 1:15). Let others think what they please, Christ redoubles it, that the souls of his saints are very beautiful, even perfect, through his comeliness, which he puts upon them, “Behold, you are fair, you are fair” ([Song 1:15; cf.] Ezek. 16:14):particularly, that their spiritual light is very excellent and glorious; like the eyes of a dove, tender, discerning, clear, and shining. Therefore he adds that pathetical wish of the enjoyment of this his spouse, “O my dove,” says he, “that are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice; for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely” (Song 2:14); “Do not hide yourself, as one that flies to the clefts of the rocks; be not dejected, as one that hides herself behind the stairs, and is afraid to come forth to the company that inquires for her. Let not your spirit be cast down at the weakness of your supplications, let me yet hear your sighs and
groans, your breathing and pantings to me; they are very sweet, very delightful: and your spiritual countenance, your appearance in heavenly things, is comely and delightful unto me.”

From John Owen’s “Communion with the Triune God.”

From whence this ardent desire? Because we were taken out of him just like Eve was from Adam. We are bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh from all eternity. Therefore shall he shall cleave unto his wife. Therefore shall the heavenly bridegroom cleave unto us his bride. (JK)


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