The Song of Solomon 2: 4
In many ways, words cannot express just how lovely this is.
The above translation of the verse from the Song of Solomon, is a result of my endeavor to be true to both the original Hebrew as well as the true meaning of what is being spoken of. Upon delving into the meaning of this verse, I found that there is so much more here than I ever imagined. This small phrase holds so much meaning, beauty, depth and riches.
Amazingly, this small phrase actually unlocks for us a secret to understanding what the God of Heaven, the Creator of the Universe, is all about. He is often called in the Hebrew Scriptures – “YHVH Tsava” / Yah of Hosts / Yah of Armies. Over and over again we see that He fights alongside His people. He goes before them in battle. But… hold on… wait a second… why? Why does Yah go into battle? Is He not also the God who chose “Jerusalem” ~ the city of peace?
Does our world not desperately need deliverance? Is it not full of pain and brokenness and anguish of all kinds? Do its inhabitants not need someone to fight for them – to overthrow the world powers who, among many evils wrought for their own gain, oppress the poor and destroy the hearts of countless children sold into all kinds of slavery? Yes, in so many ways, this world is in desperate need of deliverance. (The statistics are painfully staggering).
Song of Solomon is an opportunity for us to hear the heart of our God and His love in beautiful expression. Solomon was given a tremendous gift of Divine wisdom and precious insight – and the wonderful blessing to us is that Yah preserved the blessing of that gift to be given to each one of us in the words of Solomon in the pages of the Scriptures. One of the most beautiful expressions of Solomon’s Divine understanding is given to us in his “Song”.
In its fullest sense the Song of Solomon is the love story between Yah and His people (His bride). If we can bring ourselves into God’s presence through this wonderful book, we can hear His beautiful voice through the words of the Beloved. We can feel His love. With this in mind, let us go back to the splendid verse in consideration, reading it from this perspective for emphasis.
“Yah brought me to the House of Wine Victory Banquet and His Army Standard surrounding me was His love.”
I have never seen the words “army standard” in any of the English translations I have read. Most translate this verse to indicate that there is a “banner of love” above the woman of the song, declaring the love of her beloved. And while that may be a lovely thought, it is inaccurate to the original. This is a very rare, unique and special Hebrew word used here that carries with it a great deal of significance and meaning. It links the scene here, in Song of Solomon, with Israel in the wilderness and the way they were to order themselves and their encampment, with the tabernacle in their midst. The word in question is the Hebrew word – “דֶּגֶל” – “degel”; meaning “army standard” (as in the four army standards of Israel encamped around the tabernacle). There is not merely a “banner of love” over the lovely woman of this song; there is a whole Army Host of love surrounding her. She is in the midst, celebrating the victory of love won for her. She is there at the banqueting house – the house of celebration feeling completely overwhelmed and faint with the knowledge of this transcendent, beautiful, active and victorious love for her.
Her Beloved (Yah) is the ultimate commander of this army. And, His Army Standard ~ was Love. It was for love that this victory was won and truly it is the love of Yah that brings His hosts into our lives to bring victory to those who invite Him ~ and all that He is ~ into their lives.
The victorious love of Yah is overwhelming and glorious – a shining light in our lives. It will dispel all darkness if we step into its path. From the love of Yah flows perfect life. We just have to choose it. The love of Yah always wins. We just have to cling to it and keep it. In so doing, we share and rejoice in His victory. Then, in allowing ourselves to begin to comprehend His love for us, we shall find ourselves proclaiming, like the lovely woman of the Song “Sustain me with Raisins! Refresh me with apples!: For I am faint with LOVE!”
“The Angel of YHVH makes an encampment all around them that fear Yah and brings them deliverance. Oh taste and see that Yah is good. How exquisitely blessed are those who trust in Him.”