OVER THE MOUNTAINS – CHARLES SPURGEON

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is a sermon I have paraphrased preached by Charles Spurgeon. God used it to help me through a tumultuous period, hope it blesses you too. I have never heard an expository on Songs of Solomon  like this.

Text: Songs of Solomon 2:16 – 17

“My Beloved is mine, and I am His, He feedeth among the lilies. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.”

Though the substance be in us as in the teil tree and the oak, yet we do loose our leaves, and the sap within us does not flow with equal vigour at all times.

1. Communion may be broken

The spouse had lost her Beloved, constant communion with Him was gone, though she loved her Lord and sighed for Him. In her loneliness, she was sorrowful but she had by no means ceased to love him, for she calls Him her Beloved. She had not lost assurance of His love to her and of their mutual interest in one another, for she says, “My Beloved is mine, and I am His and yet she adds, “Turn, my Beloved.” The condition of the grace does not always coincide with the state of our joys. It is plain from this sacred Canticle, that the spouse may love and be loved, may be confident in her Lord and fully assured of her possession of him and yet, there may be for the present be mountains between Him and her. Do not therefore, condemn yourselves because a cloud is over you, cast not away your confidence, but rather let faith burn in the gloom and let your love resolve to come at your Lord again.

When Jesus is absent from a true heir of heaven, sorrow will ensue. We will be in deep lament. This sorrow is described in the text as darkness, implied in the expression, ‘Until the daybreak.’ Til Christ appears no day has dawned for us. We dwell in midnight darkness, till our Lord like the sun arises and ends the night. The spouse also speaks of shadows ‘Until the daybreak, and the shadows flee away.‘ Shadows are multiplied by the departure of the sun, and theses are apt to destroy the timid. We are not afraid of real enemies when Jesus is with us but when we miss him, we tremble at a shade. The spouse’s worst trouble was that the back of her beloved was turned to her and so she cried, “Turn, my Beloved.’ When His face is towards her, she suns herself in His love but if the light of His countenance is withdrawn, she is sorely troubled. Our Lord turns his face from us but never his heart.Draw near to thy Beloved yet again for without The our night will never end. When communion with Christ is broken,  in all true hearts, there is a strong desire to win it back again.

2. When communion with Christ is broken, there are great difficulties in the way of its renewal.

It’s much easier to go downhill than to climb to the same height. The spouse speaks of mountains dividing her from the Beloved, she means that the difficulties were great and not just great but many, thus, mountains. Fear whispers to her, “Will His light ever return, will it ever be daybreak, will the shadows ever flee away?” She felt like the psalmist when he cred out, ‘My sin is ever before me.’ The pain of the Lord’s absence becomes intolerable when we fear that we shut out from him.Then the spouse realises that the difficulties in her way are insurmountable by her own power. She does not even think of herself going over the mountains to her Beloved but she cries, “Until the daybreak, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.” I love to see a soul driven into that close corner and forced therefore to look to God alone. The end of the creature is the beginning of the Creator. Where the sinner ends, the Saviour begins. We fix our hopes on Him alone.

3. Here arises that prayer of the text which fully meets the case, ” Turn, my Beloved and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of divisions.”

Jesus can come to us when we can’t go to Him. A roe or a young hart are well suited animals for the mountainside. It is the way of Christ to come to us when our coming to Him is out of the question. Rom 5:8 Our Lord’s coming into the world was unbought, unsought, unthought of, He came altogether of His own free will, delighting to redeem.  In us is fulfilled that ancient word, I am found of them that sought me not. If He came to us while we were yet sinners how much more now that we are friends? Our text gives us the assurance that our Lord is at home with those difficulties which are quite insurmountable by us. Just as the roe and the young hart know the passes of the mountains. He himself took our infirmities and bore our sickness. It is easy for Christ to come to us over the mountains for our relief for it is to this purpose that he was ordained from of old. What is it that separates us from Christ? He can deal with it.

 

With Love.

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