15 Drink water from your own cistern,
And running water from your own well.
16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be only your own,
And not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,
And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?
In beautiful poetic language, Solomon paints a picture of purity and faithfulness in marriage. I find it interesting that all people of all time understand this call to purity and faithfulness. Even those who do not practice purity and faithfulness see the value in it. For in this beautiful illustration we see a well that is enjoyed by one man and one woman together. The waters of this well are both pure and private, refreshing and personal; so is the call to purity and faithfulness in marriage. Do remember that marriage is by God’s design and that Solomon is reinforcing the wisdom of God’s design.
We have had many people in our home over the years and have shared everything we own with them, but Solomon’s call is to be sure not to share our sexuality with anyone else. And while God made the human body to be attractive, the call is for the husband to be attracted only to his wife’s body and to be both satisfied and “enraptured” with her love. (A better understanding of “enraptured” would be the word “intoxicated.”) For a husband and wife to be intoxicated by each other and fulfilled by drinking from the private love of one another is the ultimate protection from immorality. For when we are “satisfied” by each other in marriage outside temptations are far less interesting.
Then Solomon asks why we would be enraptured, intoxicated, by an immoral woman, one who has intentionally used her bodily beauty to seduce? Men and women, be warned here; there are those who have lived immoral lives and think nothing of enticing you away from your God given husband or wife. There is no fulfillment in the arms of a seductress! The only emotional, spiritual and physical satisfaction you will find is in the arms of you wife, in the arms of your husband, for life.
Today we are rejoicing with the Nielson family whose daughter Rachel was in such a bad car accident not too long ago. As we share lunch today with the Neilsons we will be thanking God for His grace and kindness in their lives and ours. In Psalm 23 we read about walking through the “valley of the shadow of death.” When these dark times come we struggle but when they pass we look back and see that the Lord, true to His word, was with us. Wherever you are today, you are not alone, your Lord and Savior is with you and is shining His light on your darkened path.
Have a great day in the Lord,