I [am] my beloved’s,
…. These are the words of the church, strongly expressing the assurance of faith she had of her union to Christ, and interest in him; which shows that (assurance) is attainable, and that there may be a continuation of the exercise of it; it may be expressed again and again, as it is by the church in this Song, Song of Solomon 2:16; and that the exercise of it often follows, upon the enjoyment of Christ’s presence, as here, upon his going to the palm tree; and that this grace has no tendency to licentiousness, but excites to duty, and makes more careful in it, of which Song of Solomon 7:11 is a proof, “Come, let us go forth,” &c. Moreover, these words may be considered as a modest acknowledgment of the church’s, that all she were and had were Christ’s, and came from him; all the beauty he had commended in her; all fruitfulness in grace, and strength in the exercise of it; her light and knowledge in divine truths; her zeal and courage to defend them; her upright stature, and holy walk and conversation, and every good thing else, were owing to his grace. And here she also makes a voluntary surrender of all to him again; as she received all from him, she devotes all to him. “There is something very sweet in the feeling that we are the property and possession of Jesus, his own ‘purchased possession (Eph.1:14)’. We are the Lord’s (Rom.15:7-8).” Anonymous.
and his desire [is] towards me;
and only to her, as his spouse and bride: it was towards her from everlasting, when he asked her of his Father (Psalm 2:8), and he gave her to him; his desire is towards his people before conversion, waiting to be gracious to them; and, after conversion, to have their company, and their grace exercised on him, and to behold their beauty; nor will his desires be fully satisfied until he has got them all with him in glory. And this phrase not only signifies the conjugal relation of the church to Christ, he being her husband, and she his wife, the desire of his eyes, as a wife is called, Ezekiel 24:16; but takes in the whole care and concern of Christ for her, as her husband; who sympathizes with her under all her distresses; protects her from all dangers and enemies; and provides everything necessary for her, for time and eternity. “The bride rested in the full assurance of his love to her… by laying down his life for her, being “straitened” till that hour (Luke 12:50), who said, ‘with desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you’, who prayed, ‘Father I will…’, and who ever breathes out desires in behalf of his church’ until he sees of the travail of his soul and is satisfied” (Anon).