Text: Psalm 45
OBSERVE: This is a psalm that is known as a wedding song. We observe that it is to a tune of “Lilies” from the Sons of Korah. It begins with a what appears to be a love story of two individuals in preparation of a royal wedding, but then expands to speak about something much more. We observe the author making two declarations in this psalm concerning the reign of this great King: which include the eternity of his reign and the righteousness of his reign.
INTERPRET: Within this psalm we read about a royal wedding that is being celebrated. This wedding clearly points to the future wedding of the eternal and righteous King. Though the initial picture is of a royal marriage, the words also show the loving relationship that exists between Jesus Christ and His bride, the Church. The two declarations made in this psalm concerning the eternity and righteousness of His reign makes it clear that it is about the future Messiah.
All earthly kings have had to give up their crown at some point in time due to conspiracy or death; but the reign of the eternal King lasts forever. While earthly kingdoms pass away, His ever-increasing Kingdom shall endure forever. Jesus’ reign is not only an eternal Kingship but one that is built on righteousness.
APPLICATION: Let us be filled with a deep desire to set our eyes on Christ Jesus—the bridegroom, who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. He is faithful and true and He promises to present us—His bride, to His Father as one washed clean of every impurity. Let us prepare for the great wedding feast by living repentant lives, praying without ceasing to be more faithful, more enduring, more loving, more forgiving and more holy.
On this Good Friday; let us remember all that our King has done for us on the cross, while also remembering that “It Is Finished”. He has defeated all of his enemies and all other kingdoms are now fading away. The Kingdom of God is eternal and righteousness has prevailed. Let us all sing the wedding song in anticipation of the great wedding feast.
Prayer: Eternal and Righteous King, we ask that you shape our minds so that we may focus on you and your Kingdom. Flood our hearts with your goodness so that all of our words and actions may help bring many more to the great wedding feast. Help us to be more like you in every way, our Lord and King. May Your kingdom reign in and through our lives forever. Amen.
SONG: Wedding Day (Holy)
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