“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm.”
– Canticles (Song of Solomon) 8:6a, NKJV
Seal means identity and ownership.
A logo is an example of a seal. Every time we see a Windows™ logo, we understand that it’s a Windows™ Operating System and that it’s owned by Microsoft.
If you were a cattle owner, you’d mark a seal on the cow’s skin to mean that it is yours. You’d make sure that the seal is clearly visible; so you’d put it on its rump. In this way, you and other people can easily find your seal. Imagine if you place your seal on cow’s belly that you have to bend over to see it. Or you would call your assistant and say, “Hey Joe, flip that cow over so I can see my seal.”
You do not hide the seal! You show it to the world.
“Set me as a seal upon your heart” means allow me to own your heart – your love. So I can say, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” (Canticles 6:3a).
“As a seal upon your arm.” Tell the world that it is I who owns your heart. True love is proud of his/her beloved.
Seal means final.
In ancient times, a king wore “signet ring” and he uses it as royal seal to affix to a document or letter signifying his authority, will, ownership, and protection. It is to be permanent! Even the king himself cannot revoke it. It’s final.
Therefore, “set me as a seal upon your heart” is not merely allowing me to own your heart, but also make me own it permanently.
Make it final by showing it to anyone “as a seal upon your arm.” The perfect example of this is a wedding ring. Once you have this ring, it means you have sealed your love to just one person and it’s final – irrevocable.
“Set me like a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm.”
I dedicated this verse to a very special lady a long time ago. I hid these words in a book I gave her, wishing and hoping she would notice. Did she notice? Oh yes! She read and re-read the verses many times until it was etched in her heart as it was to mine. After two years, she allowed me to put a “seal on her arm”, when I placed a wedding ring on her finger to show the world that she is mine.