Tirzah (Hebrew: (????????) is a Hebrew word meaning “she is my delight.”I stumbled across this word a few times last November and became intrigued by it. Little did I know that the stirring in my heart surrounding this word would lead to a deep realization of my relationships with God and with my husband.
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,
He who pastures his flock among the lilies.”
“You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling,Song of Solomon 6:3-4
As lovely as Jerusalem,
As awesome as an army with banners.
Song of Solomon is a hotly debated book, theologians disagree on everything from the authorship to the subject actually being covered. If you read the book literally, it is a beautifully written love letter between King Solomon and The Shulamite Bride. As they write back and forth to each other you learn of their devotion and attraction to each other. It is clear how admiring of his bride King Solomon is, and in exploring the fullness of that attraction chapter 6 v 4 we hear that the Shulamite Bride is the delight of her King.
As I paused on the word Tirzah, looking up the definition, seeing if that word or name was repeated in scripture, questions formed. “What does it look like to be the delight of my husband? What does it look like to be the delight of my God?”
I set to journaling, exploring this word and using a few online Bible tools a picture began to form. Delight, as explained in Baker’s Bible Study tool, begins with:
The idea of delight occurs approximately 110 times in Scripture in various forms. Less than fifteen occurrences are found in the New Testament. The related concept of “please” occurs about 350 times, about seventy-five of these occurrences in the New Testament.
The Old Testament. Two of the most common Hebrew terms for delight are hepes, “to bend towards, to be inclined towards [an object or person], ” and rasa, “to delight or take pleasure in.”
Clearly, this was a repeated theme in Scripture, and with that direction, I began to not only understand how God delights in us, but also that I lacked in this area.
God delights in the obedience of his children more than in sacrifices ( 1 Sam 15:22) God is also delighted with honesty in business ( Prov 20:23 ), a blameless life (11:20), truthfulness (12:22), and the prayers of the upright (15:8) God points out his delight in his Son at both the baptism and transfiguration of Jesus ( Matt 3:17; 17:5 )
I’m still exploring the word Tirzah and all that it includes, but when it comes to me personally, I have come to the realization that it is a deep desire of mine to be the delight of my husband and a delight to my God. Next week I will open up more about the picture God is giving me concerning this subject beginning with intimacy-into me you will see.
In the meantime, after reading this and exploring the word Tirzah, what are your thoughts?