Archive for May 1st, 2009

The Fragrance of Joy

May 1, 2009

Song 4:12-16       A [rock] garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna with spikenard, spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices*––

You are a fountain [springing up] in a garden, a well of living waters, and flowing streams from Lebanon.

Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread abroad. Let my lover come into His garden and taste its choice fruits.


The Bride, this garden enclosed has a sweet fragrance
The aroma of perfuming oil or incense
The aroma of Christ.

The aroma of the Bridegroom and King, the oil of joy
The sweet fragrance of joy!

Like the Bridegroom
The Bride anointed with this fragrance of joy
And set high upon a rock
Her head lifted above her enemies round about
Midst sacrifices with shouts of joy and singing. —
Ps 27:4-6

Let the wind of the Spirit blow
That this fragrance of life may spread.

To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. –Isa 61:3

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so [surely] the Lord God will cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before all the nations [through the self-fulfilling power of His word]. –Isa 61:10-11

Let my lover come into His garden and taste its choice fruits.

“Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek Him with you?”

“My beloved has gone down to His garden, to the beds of spices, to pasture His flock in the gardens and gather lilies.”

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” –Song 6:1-3

Let my lover come into His garden and taste its choice fruits.
To pasture His flock and gather the lilies.


Song 7:2(Lover to Beloved)
Your navel is a rounded goblet; It lacks no liquor(mixd wine). Your belly is a heap of wheat encirlced about with lilies.

Where the lilies are gathered
In their midst – a heap of wheat!
A plentiful harvest capable of feeding many. 

There is goblet with mixed wine, which is intoxicating,
Filled and used for joyous celebration
And rivers of living water! –Jn 7:38

Let my lover come into His garden and taste its choice fruits.
To pasture His flock and gather the lilies.



Hebrews 10:23-25
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near

2 Corinthians 2:14-17     Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma [wafted] of death leading to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom], and to the other the aroma of life leading to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

Psalm 45:7-8   You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.


*Or “with all the finest balsam trees.” The Hebrew term בֹּשֶׂם (bosem) can refer either to the balsam tree, the spice associated with it, or by extension any fragrant aroma used as perfuming oil or incense.

A Garden Enclosed; A Fountain Sealed{blog}
Among the Lilies{Article}