Single-eyed devotion

Song of Songs 1:15

Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.

The King speaks doubly of His love’s beauty, noticing that she has “dove’s eyes.” This attribute is very important to the Lord, and His bride must cultivate this beauty and single-minded devotion. The Hebrew word for “beautiful” carries more than mere physical beauty, but speaks of an inward beauty that His eyes can perceive. This is not about comparing ourselves to the artificial standards of perfection found in this world’s media and glamour industries. It is about the pure and gentle loveliness of a heart that is wholly devoted to Him. The dove is loyal, and mates only once in its lifetime. This speaks of the need for bridal loyalty to One alone. The dove’s eye focuses on one object, and does not see through peripheral vision. Thus, she is not distracted, but is of singular focus.

An excerpt from Brother Wade E. Taylor explaining:

“In the first chapter of the Song of Solomon, the Lord compliments His bride, for He sees within her a quality, which He intensely desires to cultivate and use.

When a dove fixes its gaze upon its mate, it is not distracted by any activities around it. Therefore, it is often referred to as being a ‘love bird.’

Our having this “dove’s eye” indicates that we are becoming increasingly aware of the Lord’s person and presence, and that we possess a spiritual awareness that will lift us above the pulls of the earthly. This ‘single eye’ will enable us to become sensitive to the Lord’s presence, and obedient to His desire and purpose.

The Lord’s favor rests upon those who have cultivated a ‘single eye’ toward Him. These can be easily led by Him, for they are close enough to see which way His eye is looking.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye (Ps. 32:8).

A horse, on the other hand is distracted by side-vision. Therefore, it must have “blinders” placed beside each eye, and a ‘bit’ set within its mouth. Only then, can it be kept on the path.

Therefore, we are admonished:

Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding; which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you (Ps. 32:9)

Once we have developed this ‘single eye’ toward the Lord, we will no longer respond as a horse or mule – according to our desires. We will have become responsive to Him alone.

Now the Lord can further instruct us, in order to prepare us to be brought into His chambers, a special prepared place where we can share with Hm in the outworking of His redemptive purposes.

resource: page 63-64 “Unveiling the song of songs” by Jill Shannon.


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