Draw me, we will run after you: the king has brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in you…
I. A HUMBLE ADMISSION.
1. Of ourselves we cannot come to God. Need to be drawn (John 6:44). Disposition to procrastinate (Acts 24:25).
2. What holds us back?
(1) Natural bias of will.
(2) Strength of temptation.
(3) Spell of the world.
3. Yet, over against this reluctance to come, see God's gracious promise (John 12:32; Jeremiah 31:3; Hosea 11:4).
II. AN EARNEST REQUEST. Appeal to God to "draw" the soul.
1. Christ draws by silence — woman of Canaan.
2. By a look — Peter.
3. By a word — Mary of Magdalen at sepulchre.
4. By afflictions — the two sisters at Bethany.
III. AN EAGER PROMISE. If drawn, "we will run after Thee." What does this promise imply?
1. We will lead a new life. Instead of after sin, now "alter Thee."
2. We will lead an active life — "run."
3. We will lead a useful life. Not "I," but "we," will run, etc.Drawn myself, I will induce others to run with me in the way of Thy commandments. Conclusion: Two drawing powers are plying us. Satan is draw ing. Christ is drawing. How different the two drawings! Satan's downward. Christ's upward. Which of the two prevails in your case?
Parallel VersesKJV: Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
WEB: Take me away with you. Let us hurry. The king has brought me into his rooms. Friends We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will praise your love more than wine! Beloved They are right to love you.