And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine,…. Gill thinks this means the breathings of her soul in prayer, which are sweet odours, perfumed with the incense of Christ’s mediation; but I (JK) think it is rather (all) her speech, the words of her mouth; the roof of the mouth being an instrument of speech; the same word is sometimes rendered “the mouth,” Song of Solomon 5:16; and may denote both her speech in common conversation, which is warming, refreshing, comforting, and quickening; and in prayer and praise, which is well pleasing and delightful to Christ; and especially the Gospel preached by her ministers, comparable to the best wine for its antiquity, being an ancient Gospel; for its purity, unadulterated, and free from mixture, and as faithfully dispensed; its delight, flavour, and taste, to such who have their spiritual senses exercised; and for its cheering, refreshing, and strengthening nature, to drooping weary souls. It follows, for my beloved, that goeth [down] sweetly; is received and taken down with all readiness, by those who have once tasted the sweetness and felt the power of it. Or, “that goeth to righteousnesses”; leading to the righteousness of Christ for justification, and teaching to live soberly and righteously: or, “that goeth to my beloved to uprightnesses”; that is, to the church, who is Christ’s beloved, consisting of upright men in heart and life, whom Christ calls his beloved and his friends, Song of Solomon 5:1; and whom Christ treats with his best wine, his Gospel; and which is designed for them, their pleasure, profit, comfort, and establishment: causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak; either such who are in the dead sleep of sin; who, when the Gospel comes with power, are quickened by it; and it produces in them humble confessions of sin; causes them to speak in praise of Christ, and his grace, and of the salvation which he has procured for lost sinners; it brings them to Zion, to declare what great things God has done for them: or else drowsy professors, in lifeless frames, and much gone back in religion; who, when aroused and quickened by the Gospel, and brought out of their lethargy, are ready to acknowledge their backslidings with shame;
“Such should be the vivifying, refreshing, and quickening influence of the words uttered by every child of God—quickening to those who are “dead in trespasses and sins;” and reviving to such of the Lord’s people as are in a dull, languishing, slumbering (or backsliding—JK) state. Moody Stuart thinks it points to the first utterances of the disciples on the day of Pentecost which the onlookers blamed on good wine! The right utterance of truth and love from the lips of the believer is always as the best wine for the Beloved. He also points to Christ’s first miracle, “the good wine thou hast kept till now” as pointing to the new wine of the Gospel coming to the weak, faint soul, under the curse of the law. “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Eph.5:14). The first drops of grace applied to lips that then take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.