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March 11, 2011
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“The king has brought me into his chambers.”
— Song of Songs 1:4b

“Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
So is my beloved among the sons.
In his shade I sat down with great delight,
And his fruit was sweet unto my taste.
He brought me into the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.”
— Song of Songs 2:3-4

The Lord will then bring us into the banqueting house. “Banqueting house” can also be translated “house of wine.” At first, the Lord brought us into His chambers, which was a personal experience. Now He brings us into the house of wine, which belongs to all His people. We can be joyful together with others in the house of wine.

Individually, I experience the divine life. Corporately, I also experience the divine life. Individually, I sit down in the shade of the Lord as a wonderful fruit tree, and His fruit is sweet to my taste. I feel like I am being raptured, for His life surrounds me. With others, I am brought into the banqueting house, the house of wine.

Now I can enjoy the Lord unto perfection. I am no longer alone, but with all my brothers and sisters enjoying the Lord and experiencing His riches. I am so joyful, and so are all the brothers and sisters.

Adapted from The Journey of Life, pages 170-171.

Tomorrow: “The Banqueting House (2)”

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