Psalm 45 is a love song between a king and his bride. I tend to agree with theologians who read this psalm as messianic. The Bible often uses this illustration of a Lord and his Bride to describe our relationship with Christ. This Psalm is quoted in the book of Hebrews, the first chapter. God uses verses 6 & 7 of this psalm to describe Christ as
“…his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things….”
(Hebrews 1:2 ESV)
With Psalm 45, I find most interesting the emphasis on the kingship of Christ. Many Christians are aware of Christ ascending and sending us the Holy Spirit. But they often miss the fact that Christ is alive and sitting on a heavenly throne. Christ has not been absent the last 2000 years!
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your splendor and majesty!
In your majesty ride out victoriously
for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
(Psalm 45:3-4 ESV)
Christ has been accomplishing this from the throne. Ephesians 1 says it like this:
[God, the Father] worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
(Ephesians 1:20-23 ESV)
Christ has been the King of all kings and Lord of every lord throughout history and continues in the cause of truth and righteousness above every president, dictator, and law-maker in our day and the days to come.
Hear, O’ Church, incline your ear… forget that first birth and all that is associated with your earthly father’s house… Christ is looking for a beautiful Bride, who is blameless and above reproach… soon you will enter the palace of the King!
Be mindful of this as we read Psalm 45 and pray for God’s grace over our sins this morning.
The Reformed Evangelist blog originally launched in July of 2006 with a group of theologically reformed evangelists who desired to join the discussion of reformation theology that already existed on the Internet, share witnessing encounters and matters of practical evangelism, and affirm that Calvinists make good evangelists (afterall, we were living proof).
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