Reading: “Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb.”—Song of Solomon 4:11

Jesus is so precious to His people, that they can discover nothing to be lovely until they have found Jesus in it. What an endearment is it to the soul of a believer, when he discovers Jesus looking on him, eyeing him, and even commending His own graces, which He has imparted to the soul, brought out by the influences of His own Holy Spirit. Can you really believe that Jesus is speaking to His church, to His fair one, His spouse, to every redeemed soul in these sweet words of the song? Does Jesus, the Son of God, call us His spouse; and does He say, “Your lips drop as the honeycomb”?

Pause, and ponder over these gracious words of the Lord. By “lips,” no doubt, Jesus means our words; of which Solomon says “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24). Christian, do your lips drop in prayer, in praise, in conversation, in Christian fellowship, in Church ordinances, and in all the ordinary interaction of life? Is Jesus your one theme; His name, His love, His grace, His work, His salvation—what He has done, how He has loved, how He has lived and died, how He now lives again to appear in the presence of God for His people, and to give out of His fullness, His mercies, His treasures in visits, in manifestations, and the ten thousand numberless, nameless, ways by which He proves Himself to be Jesus?

Do your lips drop in these topics when you walk by the way, when thou lie down, when you rise up, and when you go in before the presence of God, in the public worship, or the private closet, where no eye sees but Him that sees in secret? And does Jesus really mark these things in you? Precious Jesus, what a love is here presented in your grace. O for grace, for love, for life that my lips, from the abundance of the heart, may drop indeed as the honeycomb—sweetly, freely and not by constraint, except the constraint of your love.

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2014.