Song of Solomon 5:2

“I sleep, but my heart waketh.”
— Song of Solomon 5:2

Paradoxes abound in Christian experience, and here is one-the spouse
was asleep, and yet she was awake. He only can read the believer’s
riddle who has ploughed with the heifer of his experience. The two
points in this evening’s text are-a mournful sleepiness and a hopeful
wakefulness. I sleep. Through sin that dwelleth in us we may become lax
in holy duties, slothful in religious exercises, dull in spiritual
joys, and altogether supine and careless. This is a shameful state for
one in whom the quickening Spirit dwells; and it is dangerous to the
highest degree. Even wise virgins sometimes slumber, but it is high
time for all to shake off the bands of sloth. It is to be feared that
many believers lose their strength as Samson lost his locks, while
sleeping on the lap of carnal security. With a perishing world around
us, to sleep is cruel; with eternity so near at hand, it is madness.
Yet we are none of us so much awake as we should be; a few
thunder-claps would do us all good, and it may be, unless we soon
bestir ourselves, we shall have them in the form of war, or pestilence,
or personal bereavements and losses. O that we may leave for ever the
couch of fleshly ease, and go forth with flaming torches to meet the
coming Bridegroom! My heart waketh. This is a happy sign. Life is not
extinct, though sadly smothered. When our renewed heart struggles
against our natural heaviness, we should be grateful to sovereign grace
for keeping a little vitality within the body of this death. Jesus will
hear our hearts, will help our hearts, will visit our hearts; for the
voice of the wakeful heart is really the voice of our Beloved, saying,
“Open to me.” Holy zeal will surely unbar the door.

“Oh lovely attitude! He stands
With melting heart and laden hands;
My soul forsakes her every sin;
And lets the heavenly stranger in.”

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