Song of Solomon 1: Insecurity
Welcome to the Song of Solomon. Like you might expect, it was written by Solomon, and it is a description of his love with the Shulammite woman. As a little bit of a preview, we are going to see how this relationship develops and some of the aspects that make up a healthy relationship.
Only a few verses into chapter 1, the woman is already doubting her physical beauty.
Son 1:5 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
Son 1:6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
She had spent most of her life working outside apparently, and she didn’t have as much time to spend on her own cosmetic concerns. By reading the rest of the chapter, you can obviously see that this is not a problem for Solomon. He was obviously still quite interested in her, and we see that develop throughout this book.
This insecurity has not gone away for men or women. People worry all of the time what people think about them, and some of that concern is unfortunately merited. People judge far too much based on appearance, and we get a culture where everyone worries more about the exterior than the interior. People judge based on the external.
Notice that Solomon was obviously able to see beyond this. He loved her the way she was. He didn’t have the same concerns about her that she had about herself. Her concerns were entirely unfounded.
I would like to write something here about how we can go out and change our culture, and tomorrow everything will be all better. However, I think this will take a little bit of work. All people are created in the image of God, and we need to help get people back to that understanding. That the first lesson we can take from this book.