From the daily email devotional by Pastor Jon Cardwell:
Blessed Monday to you! Today is April 30, 2018.
Here’s my devotional thought pulled from one of today’s portions of R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Calendar.
His mouth is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. Song of Solomon 5:16
Isaiah describes the Lord Jesus’ physical appearance as plain and unimpressive: “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). Yet, to His beloved bride, the church, Jesus is altogether lovely.
Jesus is pure in righteousness, red by His shed blood in sacrifice, and holy, separate and distinguishable from any other (Song 5:10). He leads His people while upon His throne in heaven and the beauty of His provision is found in the supply of God, just as Elijah was fed by the ravens at the brook (Song 5:11; 1 Ki 17:4-6). Jesus, the Prince of Peace, views His kingdom from heaven above and sends forth the Holy Spirit to minister to His people, with abounding promises, which are precisely crafted as a jeweler setting precious gems (Song 5:12). Christ’s presence is a sweet fragrance; moreover, His words are beautiful to behold and powerfully sweet when understood, especially as it pertains to His atoning death (Song 5:13). Every action of Christ is ordained in heaven, both precious and beautiful; and His humanity is pure and glorious (Song 5:14). The Lord’s walk and stance is unwavering and ordained in heaven; and His glorious presence hovers high above all men, providing shade and repose for His people and resources for His people to further the kingdom (Song 5:15). The words of Jesus are the most savory, moreover, the scriptures reveal His beauty and majesty (Song 5:16).
Christ is our beloved Savior,
Not beautiful by sight;
Yet, in Spirit, His beauty’s more
Lofty than highest height.
Jesus, very God, yet human;
Describ’d in heav’nly song,
Reveal’d in holy acumen
To those, in Him belong.
With love in Christ by God’s grace,