Feb 9, 2009

Church - likened to a Bride

(Psa 45:1)  To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves. My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

(Psa 45:2)  Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee forever.

(Psa 45:3)  Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

(Psa 45:4)  And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

(Psa 45:5)  Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

(Psa 45:6)  Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter.

(Psa 45:7)  Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

(Psa 45:8)  All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

(Psa 45:9)  Kings' daughters were among thy honorable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

(Psa 45:10)  Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

(Psa 45:11)  So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

(Psa 45:12)  And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favor.

(Psa 45:13)  The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

(Psa 45:14)  She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

(Psa 45:15)  With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.

(Psa 45:16)  Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

(Psa 45:17)  I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee forever and ever.

After a long long time - I am doing a devotional on a full psalm. What a beautiful psalm giving the relation of our God to us. 

This psalm is an illustrious prophecy of Messiah the Prince: it is all over gospel, and points at him only, as a bridegroom espousing the church to himself and as a king ruling in it and ruling for it. It is probable that our Saviour has reference to this psalm when he compares the kingdom of heaven, more than once, to a nuptial solemnity, the solemnity of a royal nuptial, Mat_22:2; Mat_25:1. We have no reason to think it has any reference to Solomon's marriage with Pharaoh's daughter; if I thought that it had reference to any other than the mystical marriage between Christ and his church, I would rather apply it to some of David's marriages, because he was a man of war, such a one as the bridegroom here is described to be, which Solomon was not. But I take it to be purely and only meant of Jesus Christ; of him speaks the prophet this, of him and of no other man; and to him (Psa_45:6, Psa_45:7) it is applied in the New Testament (Heb_1:8), nor can it be understood of any other. The preface speaks the excellency of the song (Psa_45:1). The psalm speaks,  I. Of the royal bridegroom, who is Christ.  1. The transcendent excellency of his person (Psa_45:2).  2. The glory of his victories (Psa_45:3-5).  3. The righteousness of his government (Psa_45:6, Psa_45:7).  4. The splendour of his court (Psa_45:8, Psa_45:9).  II. Of the royal bride, which is the church.  1. Her consent gained (Psa_45:10, Psa_45:11).  2. The nuptials solemnized (Psa_45:12-15).  3. The issue of this marriage (Psa_45:16, Psa_45:17). In singing this psalm our hearts must be filled with high thoughts of Christ, with an entire submission to and satisfaction in his government, and with an earnest desire of the enlarging and perpetuating of his church in the world.