Daily Encouragement

September 7 – Solomon Teaches on Conflict Resolution

Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Psalm 51:1-19
Proverbs 22:24-25

Song of Solomon 5:1 — Solomon is enjoying fully the gift of intimacy without guilt and shame (Nelson, pg. 103).

Song of Solomon 5:2-3 — According to Nelson, this is a new event in the relationship. Solomon’s wife is in bed, but he is home late. His wife is in bed and upset (Nelson, pg. 110).

Song of Solomon 5:4-6 — By the time his new wife gets to the door to let him in, Solomon leaves upset (Nelson, pg. 111).

Song of Solomon 5:7 — The watchmen are much rougher than in Song of Solomon 3:3. If your beloved is so special, why is he gone?

Song of Solomon 5:10-16 — The wife responds by sharing why she loves her husband, renewing the lost affection.

Song of Solomon 6:3 — A great summary of the marriage relationship – “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” There is no “you” and “me,” just “us” (Nelson, pg. 129)!

Song of Solomon 6:4-7 — 

Rather than displaying silence in expectation of an apology or an angry response, Solomon greeted his bride with genuine compliments, telling her essentially, “You are as lovely as I remember you on our wedding night, and I respect you fully as my wife. You are my delight (Tirzah) and my soul’s refuge of peace (Jerusalem).

Nelson, pg. 145

He was forgiving his bride even before she had a chance to ask for forgiveness.

Nelson, pg. 146

Song of Solomon 6:13 — The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary (JFB) notes that the Shulamite is a variation of Solomon. A reference to her taking his name.

Song of Solomon 7:1-2 — 

Solomon complimented what he alone knew to be true about his wife. Wives in Solomon’s time didn’t wear bikinis to the beach.

Nelson, pg. 164

Song of Solomon 7:11-12 — Men can and should be romantic (Nelson, pg. 157).

2 Corinthians 9:5-7 — God’s model for giving:

  • Planned
  • Resulting
  • Cheerful

2 Corinthians 9:15 — No matter how much you give, you can never outgive the LORD!

Psalm 51:3 — As Ron Hamilton shares in his song based on this verse, “My Sin Is Ever Before Me!”

Psalm 51:16 — We’ve read this before and will read this again: God doesn’t want sacrifice as much as He wants obedience; if we fail at that, He wants contrition.

Proverbs 22:24 — No, we are not to be friends with all men.

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