1220.) Psalm 45

This psalm is a wedding hymn, honoring God, the king, and his princess bride.  Now we can read it as a Messianic psalm, describing Jesus and his bride, the Church.

Psalm 45 (English Standard Version)

Your Throne, O God, Is Forever

1My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.

2You are the most handsome of the sons of men;
grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your splendor and majesty!

4In your majesty ride out victoriously
for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
5Your arrows are sharp
in the heart of the king’s enemies;
the peoples fall under you.

6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;

7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.

from Tozer on the Holy Spirit,
edited by Marilynne E. Foster

“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogancy and the evil way and the froward mouth, do I hate.
— Proverbs 8:13

Our attachment to the Person of Christ must exclude all that is contrary to Christ.  These are the days when we are trying to be 100 percent positive.  But the Scripture says of Jesus, “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness” (Psalm 45:7) . . . If He had to hate in order to love, so do you and I.

To be 100 percent positive would be as fatal as to inhale steadily all your life without exhaling.  You can’t do that.

When the Church inhales the Holy Spirit she must exhale everything that is contrary to Him.

I don’t believe any man can love until he’s able to hate.  I don’t think he can love righteousness unless he hates sin; for the Scripture leaves us with the belief that in order to accept there are some things you must reject.  In order to affirm there are things you have to deny; in order to say yes you have to be able to say no.

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Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;

8your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

myrrh
.

“blend of warm sandalwood, spice with woods and liquid suede . . .”

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Cassia

Myrrh is a fragrant gum of an Arabian tree, generally used in perfumes.  Aloes, a spice, may have come from sandalwood, a close-grained and fragrant wood often used for storage boxes or chests.  Cassia was probably made from the flowers of the cinnamon tree.  These expensive fragrances were appropriate for a king’s wedding.  The location of Ophir is unknown, but believed to be in either Arabia or Africa.  It was famous as a source of gold.

–from the notes on Psalm 45:8,9 in the Life Application Bible

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10Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
forget your people and your father’s house,

11and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him.
12The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,
the richest of the people.

13All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
14 In many-colored robes she is led to the king,
with her virgin companions following behind her.
15With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the palace of the king.

Revelation 19:6-9 (English Standard Version)

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—

(for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints).

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

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16In place of your fathers shall be your sons;
you will make them princes in all the earth.
17 I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.

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Music:

Church resources that match up music with texts suggest “Beautiful Savior” as a fitting hymn for this psalm.  Here is Vance Perry singing the hymn in four-part harmony, all by himself!

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English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Images courtesy of:
crown.    http://www.torchleader.com/tl/crown.jpg
love – hate.    http://www.dustincox.us/files/2013/12/love-hate.jpg
myrrh.   http://mudpreacher.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/myrrh.jpg
sandalwood scent in Stetson after shave.    http://www.fragrancex.com/images/products/SKU/big/MSTBLKAS2.jpg
cassia.    http://www.kccoessentialoils.com/images/cassia_11_3_05.jpg
marriage supper.     http://media.photobucket.com/image/wedding%20supper%20of%20the%20Lamb/romanticjewly/TheWeddingSupper.jpg
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