My beloved is mine and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies – Songs of Solomon 2:16 KJV
One person I admire a lot is Victoria Beckham. Not because of her famous pout, her fashion sense, her ability or inability to sing, but for the manner in which she has been able to keep her family and her marriage.
I am sure that like all of us, her marriage must be full of challenges. For example, the stress of maintaining a career, having to make money for the family or spend it, female fans adoring her husband, that allegation of an affair etc.
In spite of all these challenges though, they have been able to stay together as husband and wife. I believe this is an achievement especially in an age where you hear a lot about “celebs” having issues with their marriages and breaking up.
David and Victoria Beckham both have a pair of matching tattoos written in Hebrew and taken from the text in Songs of Solomon chapter 2:16 as a sign of their commitment to each other.
Now I am no advocate of a tattoo, I couldn’t bear the pain and in fact the nearest I will ever get to being tattooed is to have my wife’s lipstick on my lips! However, I wonder how interesting marriage would be, if we all had the mindset that we indeed belong to each other. If we could truly say, “my beloved is mine and I am his” or “My beloved is mine and I am hers”.
Most wedding ceremonies feature the exchange of vows and in a lot of cases, wedding rings or some physical object is exchanged as a visible sign of the marriage.
These vows, wedding rings etc are also meant to be a sign of our commitment to each other and a visual sign to others.
It is important that we constantly review our vows and our commitments to one another. Some people renew their wedding vows after some time.
The songs of Solomon is a love story which is also seen as an example of the love that christ has for the church – His bride. This is the kind of love that God wants between husband and wife.
Paul asks us in Ephesians 5 verse 1 to “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Let’s follow Christ’s example therefore and constantly demonstrate our love and commitment to one another.