“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.”-Song of Solomon 2:1.
The time of flowers has come, and as they are in some faint degree emblems of our Lord, it is well, when God thus calls, that we should seek to learn what He desires to teach us by them. If nature now spreads out her roses and her lilies, or prepares to do so, let us try, not only to see them, but to see Christ as He is shadowed forth in them.
“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” If these are the words of the Well-beloved -and I have no doubt that they are- then it may be suggested by some that here we have the Savior praising Himself; and it is true; but in no unworthy sense, for well may He praise Himself since no one else can do it as it should be done. There is no human language that can ever set forth His beauties as they deserve to be told. As good John Berridge says:
“Living tongues are dumb at best,
We must die to speak of Christ”
as He should be spoken of. He will never fully be described unless He shall describe Himself. For certain, we should never have known God if He had not revealed Himself; and every good thing that you or I know of Him, He Himself has told us. We make no discoveries of God except as God uncovers Himself to us. If, then, any cavillers were to find fault with the Christ of God because He did commend Himself, I would answer, Does not God commend Himself, and must not His well-beloved Son do the same? Who else is there that can possibly reveal Him to us unless He unveils His own face to our admiring gaze? ~ C.H. Spurgeon