Song Of Songs 4:1
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead.
This song begins with Solomon speaking about the physical beauty of the young lady that has now become his bride and this is a picture of how Jesus sees those that have entered a relationship with Him. He begins by describing her eyes as doves and that is kind of different but, in Jewish thinking, the eye is like a fountain or spring. This is because of the fact that you can tell a lot about someone just by looking them in the eye. Here, the eyes are described as being a dove (which is a symbol of peace) and so flowing out of her eyes is a peace. So, what does that mean and why is it important? In Galatians 5:22 & 23, Paul tells us that peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit and that it is a direct result of the Holy Spirit living in us. We are also reminded of the fact that the Holy Spirit is a seal (evidence) that marks us as a child of God. We become a child of God and receive that Spirit through accepting Jesus as our Lord and so, His satisfaction with us is because of our acceptance of Him. Therefore, when we see this peace in the eyes of others or when they see it in us, we know that we have fellowship with them in the family of God. Next, Solomon describes her hair as a flock of goats coming down from a mountain and, what girl doesn't want to hear that? So, what does that mean? Goats of that place and time were black and they preferred to graze on the rough ground of the mountains. Gilead was located on the east side of the Jordan River (not inside the Promised Land) so we get the picture of a long line of goats coming down from the mountains and heading towards the Promised Land. If you were standing at the bottom of that mountain and looking up, it would almost seem like long dark hair flowing over a woman's shoulders. In the goats coming down from the mountain (doing their own thing) Jesus sees us and our decision to follow Him instead of chasing after our own desires.