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Psalm 45

Started by Al Moak, April 28, 2003, 02:01:46 pm

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April 28, 2003, 02:01:46 pm Last Edit: December 24, 2009, 08:20:57 pm by Al Moak
Psalm 45

This song is unique among the psalms.  It probably wasn't used in the morning worship but was instead a psalm specifically penned for the congregation to sing at a royal wedding.  It may likely have been sung to the royal couple. 

But for us, as we consider that the present King of God's people, the King of the Church, is our Lord Jesus Christ, this psalm is therefore a messianic song, a song to be sung to the King in all ages by the people of God, the bride of Christ.

As you should expect, it's a joyous song - a song that expresses the joy of both writer and singers.  Their own feelings, for instance,  are expressed when they sing, "My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer!"

The song itself begins by addressing the groom.  They sing, "You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever!"  So the King is praised for the way He speaks and for the words He says.  His words to them are about everlasting righteousness, and  the people should therefore bless Him forever.  Are not the words of our Lord Jesus Christ just such words?!

Next they sing, "Gird on Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One." In singing this, they're expressing their gladness to be led by their King in battle. And their song assures him that His warfare will be prosperous because of His "truth, humility, and righteousness," and His enemies shall fall under Him.

In fact, not only will His enemies fall under Him, but they'll continue to fall until His Kingdom merges into the eternal kingdom!  That kingdom will be a righteous, glorious kingdom, a kingdom in which all His judgements (laws, decrees, daily communications) will be wonderful because of their beautiful rightness!  In fact the people joyfully sing that their King "loves righteousness and hates wickedness," and that His God will therefore fill Him with gladness more than can even be imagined by the entire human race!  The glory of His beautiful reign can only be described in the similitude of garments, as it were,  scented with myrh, aloes, and cassia, and of ivory palaces,  of waiting women who are king's daughters, and of a queen at his right hand in gold from Ophir.  Plainly stated, His reign will result in a glorious and eternal kingdom, a kingdom in which His Bride is resplendent in the glory He supplies, the glory of goodness and righteousness.

The song is next directed to the bride.  It encourages her to forget her own people and her father's house, because the King will greatly desire her beauty.  She is to worship Him and Him alone, and the result will be that the world she forgot and left behind will bring gifts and seek her favor!

Living within the palace of her Husband, her clothing will be "woven with gold (holiness)," and she will in fact be brought to the King in robes of many colors.  In such glorious array, then, she will enter the majestic palace of the King! 

The results of this royal wedding will be that, instead of her worldly relations, she shall have sons who will be "princes in all the earth," and her name will be "remembered in all generations!"

Thus this wedding song is a truly beautiful song, sung to the King and His bride, a song that should indeed also be sung by the bride of Christ, the Church, a song that praises her King and encourages her people, a song that tells us about her wonderful righteousness and about her "sons"  - those who believe and obey her testimony.  It's a song that should bring with it thoughts of the glorious and eternal kingdom of which she is even now a part!  I hope this is a song, which YOU can sing with JOY!