The Song of Solomon 3:7,8
Commentary, Henry Law- 1879
3:7, 8. "Behold his couch, which is Solomon's; sixty valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, being expert in war--every man has his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night."
Our thoughts are here conveyed to the chamber of an Eastern Monarch. Solomon's couch is placed before our view. It is strictly guarded. Valiant men in numbers stand around. They are selected from the chief warriors. They bear arms, which they are expert to use. They are watchful, lest in the darkness of the night some sudden surprise should imperil.
Here we are led to see how securely protection surrounds the Church. The bed of Solomon is named. This monarch is a conspicuous type of Christ. It is needless to exhibit the many features which depict the similarity. His couch represents the place of sweet repose. Thus we see the Church as the resting-place of Jesus. It is written, "He shall rest in His love." We hear the call, "Abide in Me, and I in you."
The couch surrounded by such valiant warriors, shows the Church guarded by secure defense. In this wilderness of woe God's people are exposed to countless perils. They are as the little lamb surrounded by a troop of wolves--as the dove pursued by devouring hawks--as a tender plant exposed to wintry blasts--as a vessel tossed by the billows, and threatened by treacherous rocks. But the Church lives, even amid her perils. No foes prevail--no dangers bring her to destruction. How can this be? It results not from any innate strength. No power--no vigilance resulting from herself could rescue her from sure ruin. She survives and safely reaches her eternal home, because her Lord extends His shield around her. The garrison of omnipotence is her defense.
How precious are the many assurances of unfailing support, which cheer our spirits! Of the vineyard of the Lord it is delightfully recorded, "I the Lord do keep it. I will water it every moment. Lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day." We hear the sustaining voice "The Lord is your keeper. He will preserve you from all evil. He will preserve your soul. He will preserve your going out, and your coming in from this time forth and even for evermore." We rejoice, also, in the knowledge, that He is as a wall of fire round about His people, and the glory in their midst. In tender terms we hear that "he that touches you touches the apple of His eye."
It is an eternal truth, that His people are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal life. Their life is hidden with Christ in God. His sheep shall never perish, and none shall pluck them out of His hand. The Father, who gave them Him, is greater than all, and none is able to pluck them out of His Father's hand.
Solomon's couch is defended by Israel's valiant men, all armed and on the watch. An invincible garrison defends the saints.
Jesus gives His angels charge over them. "The angel of the Lord encamps round about those who fear Him and delivers them." Invisible are our mightiest foes. Invisible are our mightiest friends. Elisha prays that the eyes of his servant might be opened, and behold, the surrounding hills were filled with chariots of fire and horses of fire. If similarly our sight could be quickened, we should behold a multitude of the angelic host driving back the legion of the prince of darkness, and keeping us in sweet security.
The Lord, also, by His mighty Spirit, girds up the loins of our minds, and gives us strength to resist the assaulting Devil until he flees. He puts, also, in our hand the sword of the Spirit before which Satan quails. The armies of heaven, like Israel's valiant men, protect us from all sudden assaults. We are kept unto eternal life, by Him who never slumbers nor sleeps.