August 10: Psalm 41; Song of Solomon 5-8

Song for Today:
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place

The Old Gospel Ship

How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.
The LORD will protect him and keep him alive,
And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;
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Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
From everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.
from Psalm 41

“I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
As to what you will tell him:
For I am lovesick.”
“ What kind of beloved is your beloved,
O most beautiful among women?
What kind of beloved is your beloved,
That thus you adjure us?.. This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.”
from Song of Solomon 5

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 balsam,
To pasture his flock in the gardens
And gather lilies.
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,
He who pastures his flock among the lilies.”
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my dove, my perfect one, is unique:
She is her mother’s only daughter;
She is the pure child of the one who bore her.
The maidens saw her and called her blessed,
The queens and the concubines also, and they praised her, saying,
‘Who is this that grows like the dawn,
As beautiful as the full moon,
As pure as the sun,
As awesome as an army with banners?’
from Song of Solomon 6

Your head crowns you like Carmel,
And the flowing locks of your head are like purple threads;
The king is captivated by your tresses.
“How beautiful and how delightful you are,
My love, with all your charms!
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I am my beloved’s,
And his desire is for me.
“Come, my beloved, let us go out into the country,
Let us spend the night in the villages.
“Let us rise early and go to the vineyards;
Let us see whether the vine has budded
And its blossoms have opened,
And whether the pomegranates have bloomed.
There I will give you my love.
from Song of Solomon 7

hand embrace me.”
“ I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem,
Do not arouse or awaken my love
Until she pleases.”
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Put me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
The very flame of the LORD.
“Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor will rivers overflow it;
If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love,
It would be utterly despised.”
from Song of Solomon 8
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