Here is emotion on as high a plane as it can ever be seen, emotion flowing out of the heart of God Himself. Feeling, then, is not the degenerate son of unbelief that it is often painted by some of our Bible teachers. Our ability to feel is one of the marks of our divine origin. We need not be ashamed of either tears or laughter. The Christian stoic who has crushed his feelings is only two-thirds of a man; an important third part has been repudiated.
Holy feeling had an important place in the life of our Lord. "For the joy that was set before Him" He 'endured the cross and despised its shame. He pictured Himself crying, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost." On the night of His agony He "sang an hymn" before going out to the Mount of Olives. After His resurrection He sang among His brethren in the great congregation (Psalm 22:22). And if the Song of Solomon refers to Christ (as most Christians believe it does), then how are we to miss the sound of His rejoicing as He brings His bride home after the night has ended and the shadows have fled away?