I am in the midst of a sermon series through the Song of Songs (which is Solomon’s). Not in the midst of preaching but in the midst of being under that preaching. *an advantage of co-pastoring is that one can both preach and receive preaching*
Bernard of Clairvaux, was unmatched in his commentary on Solomon’s Song, and his writings unpacking it are still amazing to read today. He saw the fundamental question as being, how should God be loved? He believed that the love between the young lovers of the Song showed the answer – achingly and without any limit. And why should God be loved? Simply because He is God.
Consider first how God merits to be loved, that there is to be no limit to that love, for he loved us first. Such a one loved us so much and so freely, insignificant as we are and such as we are, that as I said at the beginning, we must love God without measure.
My God, my help, I shall love you as much as I am able for your gift. My love is less than is your due, yet not less than I am able, for if I cannot love you as much as I should, still I cannot love you more than I can. I shall only be able to love you more when you give me more, although you can never find my love worthy of you.
-On The Song of Songs