Song of Solomon 4: Human Opinion
Aside from some rather bizarre metaphors and similes to describe his wife, Song of Solomon 4 reinforces what we discussed in chapter 1. If you recall, the woman was afraid that she was not beautiful. She was worried that she spent too much time working in the fields and not enough time taking care of herself.
All of his praise is summarized in one verse.
Son 4:7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
He basically loves all of her. This is important to set up that contrast. Even though she would say that she had “faults,” that doesn’t seem to bother him whatsoever. He doesn’t see her in the way that she sees herself.
I think this is an interesting picture. When you love someone, they become beautiful to you. This can be physical as described in this verse, but it can also be emotional. The point is that other people might have a different perception of how you view yourself. This could be either positive or negative. In this case, he has a higher view of her than she has of herself, but he could possibly think less of her than she thinks of herself (not in this context, but it is in the realm of possibility).
Maybe this is trying to show us that we all have different opinions. Some things might bother me, but they might not bother you. You might think some things are beautiful, and I might think that other things are beautiful. Human opinions are just that, and since there are so many of them, maybe it is not the best way for us to evaluate our own value. Why don’t we think about how God thinks about us, and that might help us avoid the roller coaster ride that comes from relying on the judgment of other people or ourselves?
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
There is so much we could unpack from this. Clearly, since we are part of the world, God loves us. He loves us so much that He was willing to send His only Son to die for us. Should we get too wrapped up in what other people might think about this or that? I honestly don’t think that we should. Our value comes from God who loves us beyond human comprehension. I know that we care what other people think about us, and in the case of this woman, it must have been great to receive all of these compliments. However, sometimes the remarks go in the other direction, so we don’t want to base everything on human opinion. Let’s care about the divine opinion.