Today’s Reading: Psalm 45
Every bride and groom wants to believe that their wedding song is unique. Do you remember? A song chosen because of a special connection to a memory of good times together that as the opening refrain begins, irrespective of the passage of time, nothing more needs to be said; a song that expresses a desire for an unknown future about to unfold, or a song of poetry that needs no other explanation than a look ….. and as the years unfold, to be able to know that the song chosen so many years ago will always be just as significant as it was on the wedding night.
In our reading today, we read of a royal wedding, with the qualities of the king described in glowing terms, far beyond what any earthly king would be capable of being. And the Psalm also speaks of the role of the king of the time; a king who conquers other nations through war; the king being God’s appointed and anointed.
And for the bride, prepared for her groom in all her beauty and splendour, there is a reminder of what we read in the opening chapters of Genesis with God and his creation, and his intention for marriage;
‘For this reason and man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.’ Genesis 2:24
From the marriage, the son becomes a husband and the daughter becomes a wife. Yes our children are always our children, but the significance of marriage changes the priority of the role and shifts the emphasis to a responsibility for each other. The significance of this is obvious, as the psalmist uses such strong language;
‘Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear; forget your people and your father’s house.’ Psalm 45:10
Now her devotion is to the king, her husband.
Although this Psalm was written for a royal wedding; for the wedding of a princess to her earthly king, it is easy to see that the glories of the king are found in the person of Christ. (vs 6-7)
The writer of Hebrews quotes Psalm 45: 6-7, as well as numerous other Old Testament scriptures in the opening chapter, as he lays a foundation of who Christ is for the Hebrew Christians and all followers of Jesus;
But about the son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the sceptre of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.’ Hebrews 1:8 & 9
And as we read Psalm 45, we need to also be reminded of the church (the people of God) as the bride of Christ; of our uniquely and precious relationship.
‘I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.’ 2 Corinthians 11:2
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’ Revelations 21:9
As the writer concludes the Psalm, his word of advice directs the king to see a future where there is a perpetual reminder of his rule kept alive through the generations to come.
If you have children or grandchildren, join me in prayer and a commitment to do the same …. but let it be about a Kingdom that has not end, and a King who rules all the nations.
O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old – what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.’ Psalm 78:1-4