“The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.”
In these verses, the Bride turns to the voice of her Beloved and his actions before he speaks to his Bride.
In the next set of verses, verses 10-15, she reveals the words of his voice.
Actually in verses 8-9, the Bride is anticipating her Beloved speaking to her. Her focus in these verses has to do with her Beloved’s preparatory actions toward her before he speaks.
“The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.” (Song of Solomon 2:8)
The first thing the Bride mentions is her Beloved’s action of “leaping” and “skipping” which speaks figuratively of him revealing his energy and his strength. Then they show his excitement to present himself to his Bride. These words also show his supremacy above mountains and hills; above all things. He owns the mountains and the hills; they are his arenas. And his actions reveal, not only his excitement, but his abundant joy in presenting himself to his bride.
The Bride needs to see these things in her Beloved. She needs to see his position of supremacy as her head. She needs to see his excitement and joy at presenting himself as her head and savior (protector and provider). What this action does for the Bride is to produce encouragement, that yes, her Beloved is focused on her; and to reveal that her Beloved is excited to be her husband; and that he is full of strength and joy.
By his actions of leaping and skipping, she also knows that this love affair is not one-sided. She sees that her Beloved is also in love with her.
In a successful marriage, the appearance presented by the husband to his Bride is very important in allowing the growth and maturing of her affection. His joy, his excitement, his strength, his authority, and his freedom, are very important ingredients in the mix of true love.
What kind of love affair would it be if the man of the marriage is not excited and has not purposed to show his joy and excitement to his wife of their love? Showing boredom, or only going through the motions, would not allure his Bride; nor would it move or excite her toward him. For a marriage to be successful, the husband, the man of the marriage, must set the foundation for a great love by his appearance in action toward his Bride. This appearance sets the stage for the quality of the love affair. It can be barren of fruit; which leads to discontentment and probably divorce. Or it can bear fruit, more fruit, and much fruit. But the fruit-bearing depends upon the man in his appearance to his Bride.