THY LOVE IS BETTER THAN WINE

Song 1:2

Robert Hawker
(1753-1827)



"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for thy love is better than wine."–Song i. 2.

And what are the kisses of Jesus, but the manifestation of himself to his people? Old testament saints longed for this blessing; and new testament believers live by the same faith in the enjoyment of it. The cause is most evident indeed; for the love of Jesus passeth knowledge. Nothing of the nether-springs in comforts can even describe the blessedness of it; for corn, and wine, and oil, when they increase, cannot satisfy those desires, which Jesus in himself and his upper-spring mercies, can alone fulfil. Wine indeed may act as a temporary cordial to the body's weakness, and it may for the moment relieve worldly sorrow; but in both cases, the maladies will return, sometimes with double violence, and baffle all its powers; nay, if wine be used too freely, so far from affording relief, it will add drunkenness to thirst. But thy love, blessed Jesus, never fails of its gracious end and design. Its power and efficacy is not confined to the relief of bodily distresses, but extends to those of the soul; yea, it raiseth the sinner, who is dead in trespasses and sins, and infallibly saves him from the second death. And such is its cordial and refreshing nature, that it not only gives the body ease, but cheers and gladdens the soul; and, unlike the juice of the grape, where large draughts injure both; he that drinks deepest into thy love, thou blessed Jesus, can never find an excess of injury, but delight. Every one that hath only tasted of thy love, is constrained to cry out with the church: "Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples; for I am sick of love," Song ii. 5. Shall I not then join in this sweet scripture, and say, as she did "Let Jesus kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for thy love is better than wine!"

From THE POOR MAN'S MORNING AND EVENING PORTIONS.