1 All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him.
2 I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him.
3 The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. “Have you seen the one my heart loves?”
4 Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.
The title Song of Songs is an idiom telling us this is the greatest song of all songs. It has eight chapters, an introduction (1:2-7) and a conclusion (8:6-14). The rest is a collection of poems, each meant to be read as a whole and enjoyed. Many think it was written by and about Solomon, but that is very unlikely as he had 700 wives and this is a story of two people totally in love with each other. The woman works in the vineyards and call him her beloved. The man is a shepherd and the two have eyes and desire only for each other.
The two are revealed to be engaged to each other, but are very impatient to be with each other, for the wedding to hurry up and arrive so great is their desire for one another. Our verses today come from chapter three which may begin as a dream where she is searching for her beloved which she continues upon arising.
Every place you see heart above, you may freely substitute soul as it is found more frequently than heart in many translations. However, heart also seems fitting as these two are so in love with each other and in each verse he is described as the one my heart loves.
Oddly enough the commentaries do not address either the one my heart loves or the one my soul loves. Which is disappointing as the phrase and its repetition clearly indicate a love from the entire heart or the entire soul. This accounts for the intensity of the poems throughout as the love mentioned is without reservation, nothing is held back. Her love is so well known she does not have to name her beloved in verse three as she simply asks, “Have you seen the one my heart loves?”
When she does find him, she will not let him go until she had him in her mother’s room where her mother would act as a chaperone. No matter how intense her love for her beloved she is going to do things properly.
A number of commentators look at this as how Jesus, the shepherd, loves us and how we should love Him in return. Their point being we all too often only provide lip service when it comes to loving Jesus or our Heavenly Father when it should be an incredibly intensely felt love for the man who died for our sins and for the Father who loves us so much, He sent His Son to do exactly that.
What form does our love take in return?