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Song of Solomon 4:12-15

12) A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. (13) Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna with spikenard, (14) Spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices (15) A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

These three verses in the Song of Solomon are perhaps the greatest description of the bride's heart and ministry, given by the Bridegroom Jesus Himself. They reveal the pleasure and delight He takes in His bride.

In Solomon's day, gardens were very rare, as it was very costly to care for and cultivate them. Normally only kings could afford to have gardens. These gardens brought them great delight because of their beauty and fragrance, and while they would go to the gardens for a time of rest and refreshing, they would also bring their friends into their gardens to enjoy its beauty. Because the garden was precious to them, they would enclose it with a stone wall to keep out intruders.

This is an example of the bride's heart for her bridegroom. She keeps her heart for Him alone. She will not give her heart to the spirit of the world; it is for Him to enjoy and be refreshed in. "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Proverbs 4:23 NIV) A mature bride has learned how to watch over her heart, to keep it from things that defile. Her heart is like a garden to her bridegroom; it is like a spring, or an abundant water supply that He can take delight in, and one that is able to nourish others as well. Her fountain (emotions) is kept for Him. Public fountains can be exposed to defilement, but the bridegroom sees her fountain is sealed for Him.

While time does not allow me to go into the deeper meaning of all the plants described in these verses, they speak of her fruitful ministry that is abundant with much diversity. There is nothing lacking. "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work." (2 Cor. 9:8) Fruits of grace are given to her by Holy Spirit for everything she puts her hand to.

Lastly, the bridegroom King describes 3 sources of life-giving water He sees in His bride. She is a fountain of gardens, springing up from an inward source of supply, which is the indwelling Christ Himself. She is a well of living waters, drawing from her stored up source of supply (her history in Him), and she is like streams from Lebanon, flowing as an outward source of supply, coming down from a high place "... a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Revelation 22:1)

In closing, these passages give me hope. They encourage me. I am getting a glimpse of who I am becoming by His grace. And I understand this is how He sees me NOW. This is what He sees when He looks at me, still in my immature state. And I know it's a mystery; One that will be fully revealed when I see Him face to face.

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