“I am the rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the valleys.” Song of Songs 2:1
Several years ago, a gospel singer and song writer by the name of Steve Richardson wrote a song called “Daystar.” It has since become one of the most popular gospel music songs in churches across the southern United States. For me personally, it speaks volumes to my spirit; and, as The Holy Spirit has given to me through this beautiful, anointed work, I share now with you.
Lily of the valley, let Your sweet aroma fill my life.
Rose of Sharon, show me how to grow in beauty in God’s sight.
Fairest of ten thousand, make me a reflection of Your light.
Daystar, shine down on me and let Your Love shine through me in the night.
In Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon), the courtship of two lovers is documented as a portrayal of the Love of God for His church and the reciprocating of that same love for Him as He woos His bride. It is truly a beautiful book that is sure to draw even the hardest of hearts to tears, but for we who are new creations, our soft hearts simply bound with joy as we read how He loves us and we identify with his beloved as we love Him just the same.
To demonstrate that this is, indeed, Christ courting His bride, The Holy Spirit inspired a lot of imagery which points to Jesus.
“I am the Rose of Sharon” speaks of the Love of God. Scholars mostly agree that the word translated to rose is more likely a tulip-like flower, but I must point out that The Holy Spirit gave way to allow the translation into the KJV, and that has significance. A red rose is the symbol for love, but also, it is used to symbolize martyrdom. Who was the greatest martyr of all time, but Jesus? He came here to die for our sins. He came because God so loved the world that He provided a Savior in Christ.
He is also the Lily because Lilies were symbolic of virginity. He was sinless and pure, chaste as a virgin. The Bible does not say He took a wife and it does not say He had children. Therefore, we cannot say He was not a virgin. At any rate, we know He was pure and without Sin, else He could not be our substitionary Sacrifice. Yet, the imagery of Christ being the bridegroom does not stop there.
“While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.” Song of Songs 1:12
Spikenard is an oil commonly used as a perfume in the Middle East and as a skin tonic. It was precious in the time of Christ. In fact, it was the very oil deemed a waste by Judas when Mary anointed Jesus’ feet. Mary used Spikenard upon the precious feet of the King of kings.
“A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.” Song of Songs 1:13
Myrrh was akin to the spikenard in that it was one of the oils used in burial to cover the smell of death. Myrrh was also brought by the wise men to Jesus as a child. It was most importantly the anointing oil of kings. Keeping him all night between her breasts is a symbol of the church holding Christ closest to their hearts, even in the darkness of the night.
“My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi.” Song of Songs 1:14
Camphire is more commonly called henna today. Henna is a dense, thorny hedge which is used even today by the Israelites to surround the choicest vineyards to protect them from animals in search of easy vegetation to eat. In the symbolism of the New Testament, the church is shown as the sheep, and Jesus as the Good Shepherd. This parallels the symbolism of the valuable crops being protected by the hedge. The sweetest part of the henna is that, not only does it provide protection, but it blooms with the most fragrant of flowers, giving us the very idea of the aroma of Christ. (Eph 5:2)
“The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.” Song of Songs 1:17
If Christ builds the church, which we are, then the house which is ours is us. Yet, we cannot be the house of God without Christ. The beams are the support structure of the house. Being made of cedar harkens back to the temple. The temple was to be made out of cedar. Cedar is a sweet smell to man, but unsavory to insects and to snakes. It disorients snakes because it is so strong and they generally avoid it because they cannot smell anything else, like prey. If they cannot smell the prey, they cannot find the prey. This reminds me of what Paul wrote about being hidden in Christ. (Col 3:3) Christ is a sweet smell to us, but to Satan and to the world, He is quite the opposite. In their eyes, nothing is to be found in Christ, so the world turns away from Him and Satan wants nothing to do with Him. Christ is the foundation of the church, and He is the support structure of the church.
The fir is a type of pine and it, also, is a sweet smell to us. In fact, our homes are oft filled with this very smell in the form of Christmas trees and wreaths at the time of year in which we celebrate Christ’s birth. So, He is the foundation, He is the support structure, and He is the rafters, the roof, the crown, the very Head of the church.
All this symbolism just for the sweet aroma of Jesus to be known through this book. The truth is, Christ is in every part of the Word, not just Song of Songs, but from Genesis to Revelation. The good Book is all about the Son of God and God’s redemption plan for mankind. This is why He has that sweet smell, that something attractive about us that the worldly just cannot put their finger on. He draws them in. This brings us to the second verse of “Daystar.”
I see a world that’s dying wounded by the master of deceit.
Groping in the darkness, haunted by the years of past defeat.
You see, this world is in darkness, and it’s the eleventh hour. It is only getting darker. But, as they say, it’s always darkest before the dawn.
But I see You standing near me, Lord, shining with compassion from Your eyes.
I pray, Jesus shine down on me and let Your Love shine through me in the night.
The only thing able to light the way to freedom from darkness and the guilt of our past is Jesus.
“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:16-17
The song is beautiful in that it describes to us, utilizing scripture, the sweet smell of Jesus and the purpose of God using us, as redeemed men, to demonstrate Him to the world who needs Him. They may turn away from Jesus, but that never stops Him from loving them, or us, one bit. He loves all mankind, each and every one and Who He is is so sweet, He will draw people to Himself. He came here and died because He loves us so much. He rose again to prove He is Who He said He is and to overcome completely all of our enemies, including death.
Jesus is the Daystar, even outshining the sun. He is all of the things written in Song of Songs, and more. He is the redeeming Savior, shining down upon His beloved. We love Him because He first loved us. We are His beloved bride and He is our beloved bridegroom, Savior God.
“My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” Song of Solomon 5:10-16