Song of Solomon 1:2a, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.”
In this beautiful love song between Christ and the church, the bride is the first to speak, “Let him kiss me,” she says, “with the kisses of his mouth.” Her heat is taken up with thoughts of her lover. She is full of her lover. She addressed him and also addressed the daughters of Jerusalem. Matthew Henry points out, “Those that are full of Christ themselves are ready to think that others should be so too.”
There are two things the bride desired and upon which her thoughts dwelt.
1. The bridegroom’s friendship
The kiss –
The kiss here desired was one of reconciliation. She longed for the bridegroom to come to her, to speak with her himself, and to kiss her. These were all tokens that she was reconciled to him and that he was her friend. They were signs of his favor.
A kiss denoted friendship and oneness with someone. It also showed that two parties were at peace. In Psalm 2:12, God instructs kings and rulers, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” The kiss meant that there was reconciliation, favor and friendship.
To the church, we see Christ manifest in the flesh. He reconciled the world to Himself (II Corinthians 5:18-20), providing a way to freedom from the bondage of sin and the law. (Sadly, not all accept that reconciliation or the offering of freedom from bondage to their sin.) When Christ lifts up His countenance upon believers, they are comforted with the assurance of His love and favor. Christ manifests His love to them through the Spirit. They, in return, can love Him because He first loved them (I John 4:19). They find their rest in Him.
How great and wonderful is Christ’s love!