In the Song of Solomon, there is a prophetic picture of Christ and His bride and the relationship between them. Song of Solomon 4:3 is addressed to the bride:
“‘Your lips are like a scarlet thread,
And your mouth is lovely.
Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate
Behind your veil.’” (NAS)
The first feature mentioned about the bride is her lips, "Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely."
The word "scarlet" there indicates sanctification through the blood of Jesus. The lips have been touched by the blood. As a result, the mouth is lovely. Notice that the face is hidden behind a veil, "Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate," but they are behind a veil. Still, the voice is heard through the veil. The other beauties are veiled, but the beauty of the voice comes out through the veil. The voice is the thing most manifested. In the same chapter of the Song of Solomon (4:11), we read:
“‘Your lips, my bride, drip honey;
Honey and milk are under your tongue,
And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.’” (NAS)
Notice the two distinctive words used of the tongue of the bride, "honey and milk." They are also the two distinctive features of the Promised Land. The beauty of the Promised Land is seen in the bride, and especially in her tongue and in her lips. There is a fragrance associated with these beautiful lips that penetrates the veil. Again, the clear form of the bride is not seen behind the veil, but her voice and her fragrance penetrate the veil due to the beauty of her lips. Her lips are like a thread of scarlet and her mouth is lovely.
Is that true ofyou and me as followers of Jesus? We need to ask ourselves that question.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for the tremendous privilege of being part of the church, Your bride. Please help me to spread Your fragrance and beauty through how I behave and, especially, how I speak. In Your Name, Amen.