Song of Solomon 7: Commitment and Desire
Song of Solomon 7 is full of a lot of compliments going in both directions between Solomon and his wife. However, in the middle of it, we hit an interesting verse about commitment.
Son 7:10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.
This is the wife talking, and notice that there are two steps there. First, she indicates the possession. This works in the other direction as well obviously. This is the commitment part. The two of them belong to each other. I guess it kind of goes without saying, but it is important to recognize this. When people get married, there ought to be the sense of commitment to each other. It isn’t something that’s taken lightly.
Then, we move on to the second part of the verse. Solomon’s desire is towards the woman. Again, this could just as easily have been in the other direction. The first part of the verse is a little bit more average. There’s nothing particularly exciting about the first part. It is just that two people are committed to each other because they have made that commitment.
The second part emphasizes the fact that there needs to be more there. Desire is something more than possession. It is something that you truly want. You can possess things that you don’t particularly want or care about. Desire is a more emotionally charged word. It is something that you would only say if you truly cared about the person.
Both of these parts are incredibly important, and I think that a successful marriage requires both of them. Both the husband and the wife need to understand that there is a serious commitment that is practical in nature. However, there is another level to it. It is more than just an agreement or contract. I don’t know how many people realize that.