קוֹל דּוֹדִי דוֹפֵק – “kol dodi dofek,” “the voice of my beloved comes knocking” (Song of Songs/Solomon 5:2b).
In 5:2a the heart awakens, and stirs the soul to life. The voice of the beloved is knocking, desiring entry. This is a verse of anticipation and connection.
קוֹל דּוֹדִי דוֹפֵק – “kol dodi dofek,” “the voice of my beloved comes knocking” can also be translated as “the voice of my beloved is pulsing,” meaning that it is always there rhythming in the inner man by the beat of the heart. But “kol” announces, cries out in chorus, waiting for the harmony.
Music and rhythm in worship brings the bride and groom together in joyful harmony, surrounded by myriad voices of saints and angels. Yet, the ever present reminder of the beloved knocking, desiring entry and connection, is the heartbeat – the dofek/pulse.
How do we know that Messiah desires to enter in song with His bride? The heart beats, pulses, and stirs us awake. The rhythm of life, of He who is life, rousing us in praise, in love, and to life.
The pulsing of the heart in harmonious song dislodges anger and sorrow, and leads us by rhythmic chorus into the presence of the King.