The bride was established and was brought to comfort from the specific action of endearment by her Beloved in our previous devotion (Song of Solomon 2:5). Now we continue with verse 6, “His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.”
The first part of this verse, “His left hand is under my head,” reveals to the bride of her Beloved’s action to prove that he is keeping her head in place; which indicates stability. This also means the Beloved is directing her attention to himself as her stability. His hand is her support; where it is placed shows his desire to reveal that she is safe in him. He focuses her head to him, to his facial expression, and to his eyes which reveal his love to her.
The second part of the verse is, “And his right hand doth embrace me.” Not only does he have her head secured and directed to him; but now his embrace reveals to her his desire for her. And this brings comfort to her (peace and rest). She feels his love; she feels the force of his passion. And she knows that she alone is in his embrace, for he has embraced “me”; not any other, but “me.”
When a husband shows his wife that he is her head (he controls her head and directs her head, her thoughts, her attitude, etc.); when he reveals to her that his control, his leadership, is tempered in his love (revealed by his loving embrace) – then she has stability, power, and rest in his love.
When a wife sees her husband carrying out his position as her head, she knows she is protected and will be provided for; that she is safe. And she knows his attention is upon her and her alone. She knows that he has accepted his responsibility as her head. This all brings her comfort (peace and rest) past consummation.
These actions of her husband leading up to consummation and after consummation reveal to the bride that she is his love, and that she is loved for more than just sex. These actions show her that she is respected, considered, and honored as his love. And this brings to her stability and comfort (peace and rest); that she is the one, the only one, of his love.
Summary of Song of Solomon 2:3-6 in the Spiritual Application
The Bride of Christ (His Body, the Church) must be brought by God’s Sovereign Grace to see Christ’s Beauty, Preeminence, and Value, for her to submit to His Position as her Head. She must come to see His Beauty is Holiness and Righteousness and Peace. She must see His Preeminence or Glory (His Honor) as God. And she must see the Value of His Fruit.
When the Bride of Christ sits down under His Shadow (or submits to His Position), then she will experience the sweetness of His Fruit (or His Love).
She will also acknowledge that He brought her to intimate fellowship; a place where He is; a place to become One in Him and to behold His Glory. It was by His Eternal Purpose in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-11; 2 Timothy 1:8-9; John 17:3-5). It was by the Power of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration based upon His Atonement for sin on the Cross. His Atonement proved His Banner over His Chosen to be Love, Eternal Love, God’s Love; or God Himself, who is Love. His coming in the flesh, Jesus Christ; and carrying out His Office Work as Prophet, Priest, Sacrifice, Substitute, Savior, and King; and His death, burial, and resurrection proved His Person, Son of God. It also proved His Power to defeat spiritual death and to raise His Sheep from being dead in sins and trespasses; that His Bride should walk in the Newness of Life, His Life, even Eternal Life; that is, in Himself, who is Eternal Life (1 John 5:20).
His Bride has been given the Spirit of Adoption, whereby she cries “Abba, Father”; and she is then filled with His Love. He gives His Bride a drink of His Love, now she will never thirst again. He has fed her with His Fruit, which brings His Bride assurance, confidence, and liberty (establishes her); and then brings her comfort (peace and rest) in the Security of His Love (Romans 8:29-39).
He demonstrates His Love daily in His Actions as her Head; keeping her head (her focus) in His Hand, keeping her directed to Him daily. Along with this, He embraces her, revealing His Love to her in truth, applied to her spirit.
This small window, given to us by Solomon, is the first view of the Beloved’s Beauty, Preeminence, and Value; also of the kind of love that He has for His Bride. Song of Solomon 2:3-6 is set forth in this first view of His Love of His Bride in these words:
“…and his banner over me was love.”
Also this security, peace, and rest of the Bride, based on the actions of her Beloved (verses 3-6), sets the stage for her charge to the Daughters of Jerusalem (verse 7) and her future words of endearment of her Beloved and her being able to receive His Request for her to come away with Him.