Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil.
Song of Songs 4:1
The Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) is an interesting book. This book, a dialogue between King Solomon and his bride, is a descriptive account of love between a groom and his bride. What is true about the Bible in the Old Testament needs to be read through the lens of the Cross and the saving work of Christ in the New Testament. Christ is literally the fulfillment of the Law.
When Jesus was hanging on the Cross, His last words were “It is finished.” He completed ALL of the work that was required to pay for our salvation. His active, perfect obedience to God has become all of the obedience that we need to be saved. All of the promises to the children of God are completed in Him.
Many scholars throughout Church history believe that the Song of Songs (Songs) can not only be read as a love between a man and his wife but that it can also be read as a dialogue between Christ and His Church. As you may know, the Book of Revelation speaks of the marriage of the Bridegroom and His Bride—“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).
All of this is to say, there is a conversation in the Songs between the bridegroom and the bride. Chapter 4 begins with the bridegroom stating,
Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful!
This is how Christ feels about the Church (and every single believer) RIGHT NOW. We are beautiful to Him. He says it twice for emphasis so that we cannot miss the point. As I think about the upcoming wedding between the Groom & His Bride, I can’t help but believe that the love we will know in eternity will be higher, purer, and more fulfilling than anything we have ever known.
Still, as I read this verse, it is uncomfortable. I don’t feel this way; I certainly see inconsistencies; I certainly can focus on present failings & past regrets. I definitely am well-acquainted with my current sins. Yet, God sees more of us than we often see. God sees us in our entirety—our whole redeemed life.
Romans 8:30 states: “those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
All of this work done by God is a completed work. All of the verbs used here are past-tense verbs. In God’s sight we already have been glorified. We have already been perfected in Jesus because “It is finished.”
The verse continues, “Your eyes are doves behind your veil.” He says that behind the veil, our eyes are doves. A dove is representative of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of that Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (see Galatians 5). God sees us not only as we presently are, but He also sees us in our fully redeemed life. God sees us as beautiful and fully perfect in His sight because of Jesus.
Spend some time today meditating upon this truth. Dr. John Piper would say let these truths “roll around on the tongue of your heart.” Spend time savoring this truth–in Christ, you REALLY ARE a new creation. Thank God today for your redemption. Thank God that He has delivered you from the clutches of Hell. Examine your life, and as you honestly see areas where your heart has changed, thank God that you can recognize spill-overs of heaven in this life. Thank Him for His persevering grace! Thank Him for BELIEVING ALL THINGS, HOPING ALL THINGS, ENDURING ALL THINGS. Thank Him for never failing you.