Eye Of A Dove
By Wade E. Taylor
In the first chapter of the Song of Solomon, the Lord compliments
His Bride, for He sees within her a quality, which He intensely
desires to cultivate and use.
"Behold, you are fair, my love!
behold, you are fair!
You have dove's eyes." SS 1:15
When a dove fixes its gaze upon its mate, it is not distracted
by any activities around it. Therefore, it is often referred
to as a "love bird."
Our having this "dove's eye" indicates the possession
of a spiritual awareness and commitment which lifts us above
the pulls of the earthly, and enables us to become sensitive
to the Lord's presence, and obedient to His desire and purpose.
The Lord's favor rests upon those who have cultivated a "single
eye" toward Him. These can be easily led by Him, for
they are close enough to see which way His eye is looking.
"I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go; I will
guide you with My eye." Psalm 32:8
A horse on the other hand is distracted by side vision. Therefore,
it must have "blinders" placed beside each eye,
and a "bit" set within its mouth. Only then can
it be kept on the path.
Therefore, we are admonished,
"Do not be like the horse or like the
mule, which have no understanding;
Which must be harnessed with bit and
bridle, else they will not come near
you." Psalm 32:9
Once we have developed this "single eye" toward
the Lord, we will no longer respond as a horse or mule - according
to our desires. We will have become responsive to Him alone.
Now the Lord can further instruct us, in order to prepare
us to be brought into His Chambers, a special prepared place
where we can share with Him in the outworking of His redemptive
"Come, My beloved, let us go forth into the field;
let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early
to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish,
whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates
bud forth: there will I give you My loves." Song of Solomon
The quality that had so moved the Lord to be with His Bride
in this cooperative relationship was her "single eye."
She had cried out,
"Tell me, O Thou whom my soul loves, where You feed,
where You make Your flock to rest at noon: For why
should I be as one that turns aside by the flocks
of Your companions." Song of Solomon 1:7
This intense desire that she expresses is singularly toward
her Lord, and she seeks to gaze upon Him alone. She can no
longer be satisfied with the knowledge of things about the
Lord. The ministries, abilities, or personalities of His servants
are no longer enough, for now she must personally know the
An intense reduction of all her ambitions, desires, and dreams,
has brought her to this place. Now that her vision has become
single, the Lord is ready to lead her on. His next word to
"Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away."
Song of Solomon 2:10
Psalm 27 was written by David about his experience with the
Lord during the time he was hiding in a cave, while Saul's
armies were outside, seeking to kill him.
In the darkness of his present circumstances, David's dreams
about sitting on the throne of an earthly kingdom with all
its grandeur, faded in the light of the eternal Kingdom, which
he now saw.
In this seemingly hopeless situation, David realized that
only that which is of God has any lasting value. All else
vanished in the darkness of the cave, including the hope of
his sitting on the throne of Israel, according to the prophecy
given him by Samuel.
David, now reduced to a single vision, has but one desire
- to abide in the presence of the Lord. The dark, musty cave
has become a cathedral, for he has the eye of a dove, and
he sees only the Lord.
Only now could David say,
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall
fear? ... one thing have I desired of the Lord, that
will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of
the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty
of the Lord, and to inquire in His Temple." Psalm 27:1-4
Now, the values in David's life are in divine order, and
the Lord can lead him to the throne of Israel.
"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you." Matt 6:33
Today, the Lord is seeking those who are willing to be reduced
to this singleness of vision. Only then will He be able to
"Behold, you are fair, you have dove's eyes."
These will be led into a further experience of union with
the Lord in the outworking of His Kingdom purposes upon the