2 I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking: “Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.”
3 I have taken off my robe—must I put it on again? I have washed my feet—must I soil them again?
4 My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him.
5 I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the bolt.
6 I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer.
7 The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen of the walls!
8 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you—if you find my beloved, what will you tell him? Tell him I am faint with love.
Today we hear the bride to be recounting a dream once again where she mentions her heart three times – verses two, four, and six. In the dream, she dreams of her shepherd who appears to be at her home while she sleeps.
She is anxious to let him inside, but as often happens in dreams, she is unable to do so or do so quickly enough and once again he is gone. In her dream she again searches for him, but the search takes a new twist from an earlier dream. Before the watchmen helped her, but now they beat her, bruised her, and took away her cloak – her dream has become a nightmare for the moment. The nightmare part of the dream is over as quickly as it began and she has a message for the shepherd, her love, Tell him I am faint with love. Other versions say she is sick with or of love, but today we would say she is lovesick, so in love she feels sick when she is without him.
Returning to verse two, we find her heart was awake even while she slept, awake with love for her shepherd causing her to dream of him. Then in verse four, when in her dream she believes she is finally going to be able to hold him once again, her heart began to pound for him. Before we get to verse six we find she had placed her hands in myrrh, a perfume, before coming to the door herself. Now in verse six she is at the door, but her shepherd is gone and her heart sank at his departure. Once again, in her dream she is heartsick.
Looking at verses four through six beginning with her shepherd at the door suggest imagery applicable to our Savior, Jesus Christ. I cannot help but think of the verse in Revelation 3
20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
What will it take so that our hearts cause us to dream of Jesus and be always aware of just how much He has done for us. Perhaps time reading the word of God, mediating upon it, and thinking on His love for us.