Song of Solomon 3:7-8 NKJV Behold, it is Solomon’s couch, With sixty valiant men around it, Of the valiant of Israel. (8) They all hold swords, Being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh Because of fear in the night.
There is a lot of imagery found in Song of Solomon as it is poetic in its original Hebrew construction. There is also an apocalyptic sense in some of the imagery of which I’m certainly not qualified enough to deeply delve into all of possible intentions and meanings of those texts. However, as we walk through the Scriptures pertaining to fear in the Scripture, it behooves me to at least touch on this Scripture and the necessity for us to be bold and be fearlessly confident in this hour.
There are a couple of different ways this book is read, one is as a direct dialogue and story of love of a bride and her shepherd king. Another is a love story with a lovely bride, a betrothed shepherd, and a villain a king of the land wanting to take the bride for himself. Regardless of how you want to look at it Song of Solomon 3:7-8 talks about valiant, brave men armed with swords and ready to fight, because of an enemy lurking in the darkness. This by itself is the focus of our discussion today.
Notice verse 8 says that the brave and valiant of Israel all hold swords. They are armed and prepared to use them. Their weaponry and confidence in using it allows them to stand bravely even though there are potentially fearful circumstances and enemies lurking in the darkness. Remember Psalm 91:5 (posts #157, #158, #159) , we are not afraid of the terrors by night.
In order for us to stand valiant we must be armed with a sword. Not a physical sword… for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2 Cor 10:4). But Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the sword of the spirit which we are to be armed with is the Word of God. Being confident with the strength and effectiveness or sharpness of our blade (Hebrews 4:12), mixed with being familiar and comfortable in wielding it (Matthew 4,7,10; Mark 11:22-24), “being experts in war”, produces a bold and valiant servant of the King. One who not only can speak His Word to defend and protect themselves, but who can also use the Word to help protect those not yet armed and/or knowledgeable or confident in using it.
To stand boldly in this hour it is imperative that we learn the Truth of God’s Word in Faith, Healing, Protection, Provision, Joy, etc… and become confident in His nature and the power of speaking His Word in faith (2 Cor 4:13), so we can valiantly stand as representatives of the King, fearless of that which terrorizes those in the darkness of the land. Arm yourself with His Word, the Sword of the Spirit, become an expert at using it and never again fear what may be in the night.