Lover Behind the Lattice

by APC on February 22, 2017

My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice (Song of Solomon 2:9, KJV).

Brother Jonathan Urshan preached a message entitled, “Lover Behind the Lattice” some years ago. I don’t necessarily remember the subject matter of the message, but was more taken with the fact that I’d never heard a message preached before with the focus Scripture coming from Song of Solomon…

But, as my mind drifted to this great man of God, and his message title, I started to think about what this message was trying to convey all these years later.

In Scripture, we’re given the imagery of a lover, standing behind a wall, or lattice, peering out. While his view encompasses all of what he’s trying to see, the lover himself is masked from total view. We can only catch glimpses of him from his hiding place.

In reality, this Scripture describes a relationship with God for those who want to know Him. If we look throughout history, God has shown Himself “through the lattice” to those who sought Him diligently.

Moses went up on Mount Sinai for 40 days to receive the law (Exodus 34:28). He had such a desire to be engulfed by God’s presence; to see God face-to-face. Because no man can see God’s glory and live (Exodus 33:20), Moses hid in the cleft of a rock and God allowed Him to see just a glimpse of His back parts (Exodus 33:23)—the lover behind the lattice.

When Elijah was fleeing the wrath of Jezebel and hid in a cave (I Kings 19:3), he cried out to God in a depressed state. God made Himself known to him in a variety of ways: God appeared unto Elijah in a wind, earthquake, and fire, but then spoke to Elijah in a still small voice (I Kings 19:11–12). Elijah didn’t see all of who God was, but just demonstrations of God’s power and then a small voice—the lover behind the lattice.

Peter, who chose to leave all and follow after Jesus (Matthew 4:20), when asked who Jesus was, responded with, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus noted it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to Him—not everyone had this revelation! But, the Father in Heaven had shown Peter who Jesus was (Matthew 16:17)—the lover behind the lattice.

Today, God has provided a way for those who diligently seek Him to experience a part of Him (Acts 2:38). The Holy Ghost couldn’t be poured out until Jesus died on the cross (John 7:39). But, once it was made available to us, through the greatest act of love, we were given this gift as the earnest of our inheritance (Ephesians 1:14, II Corinthians 1:22)—just a glimpse of the lover behind the lattice.

God peers out at us through the onslaught of daily life, but only shows glimpses of Himself to those who seek to see Him. Our pursuit, while we’re on this earth, must be to see as much as our lover as we can. One day, when we get to glory, He’ll no longer be behind the lattice, but in full view. And, we’ll be able to know and experience all of Him.