Love enjoys being possessed

Old Testament: Song 7.10

To read the Bible in a year, read Song of Solomon 6–8 on September 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

After Solomon complimented the Shulamite highly, she could see what she meant to him: 

I am my beloved’s,
And his desire is toward me.

– Song 7.10 

She continued expressing her desire to give herself to him, for she saw that his desire was towards her. She was delighted that she belonged to him and that his desire was toward her. In Genesis 3.16, the Lord God had said to Eve, 

“Your desire shall be for your husband.” 

However, marriage is not one-sided, both must desire one another, as the Song of Solomon shows. 

In the Song of Solomon, do you see Solomon and the Shulamite living 50/50 or 100/100? Truly, it is the latter. We do not give half of ourselves to one another, but our whole selves, even as Jesus and the church give 100% of themselves to one another (See Ephesians 5.22–33). 

Love desires the loved one. Love desires to be loved. 


  • What do you think of the Song of Solomon? 
  • Does it embarrass you to read it? 
  • If so, why? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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