“I had put off my garment; how could I put it on? I had bathed my feet; how could I soil them?” (v3). Using dramatic imagery, the wedding poem continues to describe the lengths the lovers go to be with one another. The beloved knocks on his bride’s door (v2), but when she opens it, he’s not there, and she hastily runs out into the city, risking everything to find him (v6-8). The danger is worth it, because the beloved is “distinguished among ten thousand” (v10).
“What is your beloved more than another beloved?” (v9). We pursue what we highly value. Following Jesus is worth every effort, every risk, everything we might give up for His sake.