“I will seek him whom my soul loves” (v1). The wedding poem, likely written in honor of King Solomon, v11, describes the all-consuming desire of romantic partners to be with one another. The need to be with the beloved surpasses everything else of value: “I found him, and I would not let him go” (v4). Love is so powerful, says the poem, that we should not “awaken” it until we are ready to deal with its demands, because passion may take over our lives (v5).
“I sought him …” (v2). Scripture says when we seek the Lord “with our whole hearts” – with the same zeal that we pursue human love – we discover overwhelming blessing (Psalm 119:2).