My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Song of Solomon 2:14

How many times have I read this and thought of it as a prayer to the Lord and an expression of my desire for Him? When the truth is, this is what the Lord thinks of us. These are His thoughts towards His children.

It is in the clefts of the rock, the mountainside, the secret place of prayer where the secrets of your heart pour out and the deep cries of pain are expressed that He expresses His love of our voice and His joy in our turning our face towards Him. It is in the place where noone else knows, that our fragrance rises up to Him and moves His heart. I am not saying it doesn’t happen in the corporate prayer meeting or the fleeting prayer in the midst of our busy day, but I am saying there is something fragrant about the stealing away to the secret place that moves His heart. I find it extraordinary that we can move the Lords heart in our seeking of Him. I find it almost insurmountable to comprehend that He thinks my voice is sweet and my face is lovely…and that is not an ungodly belief, it is a statement of the overwhelming enormity of His love, it is from humility and bowing low that I express these things.

And yet I don’t live in this reality as much as I would like. I don’t stay in this place, I slip into a valley mentality in that I look up to the mountains and they seem inaccessible and distant. Though I have know their joys and delights and can hold the promise of what they might bring, the effort to get there seems too much. God I hate my laziness and the business of life that crowds my time and space. Let me not be distant from you for you are my rock that I cling to. Let me say like the beloved, I am yours and you are mine. Let me cling on and not let go. Lord help me to find the way to the cleft in the rock, give the feet like that of a deer to go to the heights and live in the reality of your thoughts towards me.