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(218) 6 August : Proverbs 15v25 / Songs 1-3 / Psalm 51v9-13

BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on

Understanding to grow in
Marital love, desire and sex are not things to be ashamed of. In their right context they are to be expressed, celebrated and embraced as this book demonstrates in recording the love of a couple - possibly Solomon and one of his wives. By doing so, the Song of Solomon not only enriches our marriages, but points to the delight God and his church have in one-another - a delight that the thrill of romance is intended to point to (Zeph 3v17, Rev 21v9-10). As you read note the feelings the couple have for one-another and consider what right feelings towards the Lord they point to.
Song of Solomon 1-3

Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.

Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.

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