Taken at face value, Solomon’s song is all about romance. Solomon recounts his own days of courtship, the early days of his first marriage, followed by the maturing of this royal couple through the ups and downs of life. The themes of sex, love, commitment, beauty, and even problems are weaved throughout the poem.
As Solomon recounts his relationship with his beautiful bride, he shares some ideas that would make great romantic dates. I hope these will encourage you to take some time with your loved one and enjoy the love and romance that God has blessed between you.
1. Massage or Spa Date
“Because of the savor of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth…” (1:3).
Enjoy a good, relaxing massage together. Tension often disrupts relationships. If you have never had a good massage, try it. It’s good for body and soul.
2. Day at the Beach
“…I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me…” (1:6).
In this passage, the bride is self-conscious that her dark skin was a result of working out in the sun. However, a great date is to go to the beach and lay out in the sun to feel its warmth. If you aren’t close to a beach or don’t have enough time, just try resting together in the back yard in a hammock or lawn chairs.
3. Picnic with a View (1:12-17)
“Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green. The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.” (1:16-27).
Enjoy the outdoors with a picnic lunch on the grass. Take some of your favorite foods. Don’t forget the bug spray.
4. Hiking in the Mountains (2:14-17)
“O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” (2:14)
Enjoy the invigoration of a nice walk in the woods or climb up the hills or mountains. Nature is one of the wonders God has given us to enjoy His beauty with each other. Many parks have great hiking trails.
5. Tour a Garden (2:8-13)
“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (2:12-13)
A garden setting has sights, sounds, and even smells that will bring you closer together. Hold hands and count the colors and try to name the trees and animals you see.
6. Play Hide and Go Seek (3:1-4)
“… I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.” (3:1)
Though Solomon’s ‘game time’ was born out of difficulty, it is fun to play games like Hide and Go Seek with each other. You can play it with gifts or each other. Make sure the prize is worth the hunt. Try some other kids games together.
7. Carriage Ride (3:9-11)
“King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.” (3:9)
All the children’s cartoons end with the words ‘they lived happily ever after’ as they drive off in a horse-drawn carriage. Most of the time it is a Prince and Princess. Though we are not royalty, a slow ride (horse or engine) is a lot of fun together.
8. Build an Outdoor Fire under the Stars
“…the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it…” (8:6-7)
I love building a fire in the back yard and sitting in a lawn chair watching it burn. Even a fire in the fireplace during a cold, winter night is romantic. There’s something about a fire that ignites the romance of love.
I hope these will give you some ideas of a romantic get-away. Romance doesn’t have to cost you anything. But you may have to do a little planning to create the atmosphere.
Do you have any ideas for a romantic date?