“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth…for your love is more delightful than wine.”
Song of Songs 1:1
There is just something about a kiss! There is an enormous expression of wordless emotions summed up in a simple kiss. It’s like our lips were created most importantly for the purpose of expressing affection. For many there is a sweet memory of the unconditional kiss of a mother. We also recall the innocence of our first kiss from a childhood crush. Some have deeply longed for a healing kiss from a dad; to feel his approval, his affections and his ownership of you. Then there is the kiss between a husband and wife that moves across the emotional spectrum from contentment to romance and at times healing. Such an odd thing that lips pressed against one another or a hand, a cheek, or a forehead can communicate such feelings. Kisses reassure, express, and validate. They tell us who we are and what we mean to someone. God has made us for His kiss.
Many have forgotten what it feels like to be kissed. Some have lost affection from divorce, death, or isolation. Others have turned away (or have never known) the holiness of a kiss from heaven and have only known a flesh driven activity and thereby have lost connection with the heart, but God has designed each of us to receive and give affections. It’s an interesting thing to think about—God designing us for affection. It says a lot about our creator. Our design and desires reveal a holiness of affections our creator wishes us to know about Him. I know it’s hard for many to think of God in this way, but the truth is, God is perfectly affectionate and He has made us to receive His perfect affection.
The Song of Songs in the scriptures reveals a love story between two lovers betrothed to one another and their rejoicing friends, but there is a deeper message within this love story. The message is about a selfless, loving God who makes a perfect way to be united with His bride so that He and she may sing of their love.
This wondrous intimacy is a romantic revelation of the gospel’s final chapter. The Christ who comes and offers Himself for His wife to be (the church) betroths Himself to her while she is yet wayward. He still redeems her, purifies her, and clothes her as His beautiful bride so that He may kiss her with His love forever. The grace of Christ lingers His love over His bride. His grace transforms the one who once knew only how to reject love, into His loves beautiful vessel.
It is so appropriate that this “Song” starts out with the desire for a kiss. So many of us long for a kiss from God. We want to know that God loves us, approves of us, and claims ownership of us. We want to feel His intimacy. We want to know we are truly known. God has sent us Jesus so that we can know His kiss. In Jesus, our longings are satisfied and our security is celebrated. Jesus has come that we may be betrothed even while we are a mess. He has come that we can know we are purified. He has resurrected so we can be assured that He is preparing a place for us so that we will be loved, cared for, and sing forever about His graciousness. In the same way grace is lavished on the “Beloved” in the Song of Songs, so His grace lavishes His love over you. The truth is, by faith you are the beloved of Jesus. You are the one whom He adores.
The kiss of God in Jesus is better than wine! His kiss is to be that which is most desired. His kiss is the one thing that will reveal our true identity. He is the communication of God’s emotion for us. Jesus is the refreshing kiss from heaven.
Jesus how I long to continually know your affections. How I long for you more than all things. Jesus, to know your approval, your validations, and your claim on me which is sealed with your kiss is better than anything. Forgive me when my kisses betray you. I thank you that your affections are always true. Lord, thank you for your kiss as a brother, a savior, and a redeemer!
Certainly your love is more delightful than wine!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.