Song of Songs 7:10 (KJV) I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.
Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) expresses God's heart toward us. It seems to be a love story of Solomon and his bride. It is also suggested that it is an allegory of Christ and His church. I believe it is the heart of our Bible. The Bible is indeed a love story. It shares how God has pursued His people since the beginning of time. The story of His interaction with His creation, with us, shows His great love for us. And of course that love propelled Him to give of His only Son to restore us into right relationship with Him once again. The relationship He desires is an intimate one, for us to know Him as we are fully known. The book of Genesis begins with the story of God's creation and then our fall from the glory for which He created us. The book of Revelation ends with the eradication of all that pulls us from Him and the full restoration of our relationship with God as He dwells among us. He is our light; He is our life.
In John 15, Jesus invites us, even implores us, Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. Fruitful living is experienced only in connection with Him--the imperfect with the perfect, the earthly with the heavenly, the creation with the Creator. 1 Corinthians 3:9 puts it this way, For we are laborers together with God. . .
I like the name Song of Songs that the NIV uses for this book. The world is filled with all kinds of love songs, but God's love for us is the most beautiful of all of them. 1 John speaks of the love of God. It tells us that the only way we are capable of love is in receiving first the love of God. And as we do, we can then love in return--God and our fellow man. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, the force, if you will, of God's kingdom. Song of songs 8:6, 7 speaks of God's holy love. . . for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it way. . . And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19). Love never fails. . . And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13). . . . the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6). There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. . . (1 John 4:18). Life can throw many things at us, but we are told . . . in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, either the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39).
I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John 17:3).