Song of Solomon 5:16 is translated as “He is altogether lovely/desirable.” 5:10-16 is a poem by the woman on how the radiance of her beloved surpasses that of all the other beloveds in creation.
This day, have you meditated upon the surpassing loveliness of the great and ultimate bride-groom, the Lord Jesus Christ?
See below how John Owen in his classic, “Communion with God,” gives articulating Jesus’ unsurpassable loveliness a stab (p96-97):
“Lovely in his person, — in the glorious all-sufficiency of his Deity, gracious purity and holiness of his humanity, authority and majesty, love, and power.
Lovely in his birth and incarnation; when he was rich, for our sakes
becoming poor, — taking part of flesh and blood, because we partook of
the same; being made of a woman, that for us he might be made under the
law, even for our sakes.
Lovely in the whole course of his life, and the more than angelical holiness
and obedience which, in the depth of poverty and persecution, he exercised
therein; — doing good, receiving evil; blessing, and being cursed, reviled,
reproached, all his days.
Lovely in his death; yea, therein most lovely to sinners; — never more
glorious and desirable than when he came broken, dead, from the cross.
Then had he carried all our sins into a land of forgetfulness; then had
remade peace and reconciliation for us; then had he procured life and
immortality for us.
Lovely in his whole employment, in his great undertaking, — in his life,
death, resurrection, ascension; being a mediator between God and us, to
recover the glory of God’s justice, and to save our souls, — to bring us to
an enjoyment of God, who were set at such an infinite distance from him
Lovely in the glory and majesty wherewith he is crowned. Now he is set
down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; where, though he be terrible
to his enemies, yet he is full of mercy, love, and compassion, towards his
Lovely in all those supplies of grace and consolations, in all the
dispensations of his Holy Spirit, whereof his saints are made partakers.
Lovely in all the tender care, power, and wisdom, which he exercises in the
protection, safe-guarding, and delivery of his church and people, in the
midst of all the oppositions and persecutions whereunto they are exposed.
Lovely in all his ordinances, and the whole of that spiritually glorious
worship which he has appointed to his people, whereby they draw nigh and
have communion with him and his Father.
Lovely and glorious in the vengeance he taketh, and will finally execute,
upon the stubborn enemies of himself and his people.
Lovely in the pardon he has purchased and does dispense, — in the
reconciliation he has established, — in the grace he communicates, — in
the consolations he does administer, — in the peace and joy he gives his
saints, — in his assured preservation of them unto glory.
What shall I say? there is no end of his excellencies and desirableness; —
‘He is altogether lovely. This is our beloved, and this is our friend, O
daughters of Jerusalem.'”
What aspect of the loveliness of the loveliest beloved stands out to you today? Be sure to comment below and share. May God grace Trinity Presbyterian Church as a church that marvels at the loveliness of the Lovely Christ Jesus!