(2) I sleep, but my heart is awake; it the voice of my Beloved! He knocks, saying "Open for Me, My sister, My love, My dove, My perfect one; for My head is covered with dew, My locks with the drops of the night."
As we become a mature bride, we find ourselves in a state of 'rest' because of our confidence in the Lord. This state of rest is what the world sees when they look at us. What is not seen, though, by anyone else, is our heart. Our heart is fully awake to the voice of our Beloved. This state of our heart being fully awake to Him is very pleasing to Him, and He knows He can speak to, and be heard by this one whose heart is tuned to Him. What about you? Is your heart tuned to hear Him? Or have you crowded Him out by filling your heart with other things?
In this verse, the bride hears her Beloved speak once again. He is knocking upon the door of her heart. Jesus will not force His way in where He is not wanted, but will always wait for the invitation to come in. He speaks to her in her innermost being, describing her in 4 different ways, so as to build her confidence in how He sees her. He wants her to KNOW she is completely loved, accepted, and His… right where she is with Him at this moment.
He then reveals the reason for His knock at her hearts' door. In spite of her journey with Him up to this point, there is now more He wants to reveal and invite her to share with Him. Only...this invitation is one that will be more difficult than any before. The bridegroom is now inviting her to share in the fellowship of His sufferings. These sufferings will look differently for each person, but will ultimately strengthen, establish and purify our spiritual reality in Him.
His head covered with dew and the drops of the night are referring specifically to His attribute as the suffering Christ. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus sweat great drops of blood as He wrestled with being completely obedient to the Father. Remember He was son of man while here on earth, and everything He did, He did as a man completely yielded to the Holy Spirit, and not as a deity.
The bridegroom is now calling His bride into an experience of the full mystery of the cross. This will be a new challenge for her. He is saying, "Will you embrace Me completely…even My suffering?"
"He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him." (Isaiah 52:3) "...Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted..." (Isaiah 53:4b)
For each one reading this, if you haven't already experienced this, there will be a time when, if your desire is to be completely His, you will have to make a choice to follow Him into the fellowship of His sufferings. This is part of who He is, and it will become a part of who you are, if you say "Yes." Again, He will not force anything on us, but will allow us to make a choice. We can go as far as we choose to go with Him. The beautiful thing is, if you say "Yes," His grace is more than sufficient. The key is to stay in intimacy with Him through the difficult places, and realize He chose you because He delights in you, and He sees the end result! Selah...