TLIC Psalms. April 4. The King.

Read Psalm 45:1-9. 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. 3Gird 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. 6Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 7you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. 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.

Psalm 45 is both a royal psalm and a messianic psalm. It is replete with the splendor of the king and of God himself, who are one and the same – Your throne, O God is forever and ever.

This is a description that goes beyond David and his sons, that is until we get to THE Son, Jesus. What other king is blessed forever? Whose lips but Christ’s always pour forth grace? Who else rides with both perfect meekness and righteousness? What other king sits on a throne forever? Who but Jesus has truly loved righteousness and hated wickedness?

The mysterious language of verse 7 – Therefore God, your God – has been solved by the incarnation. Jesus has been anointed by the Father with the oil of gladness. God anointed God. God is God’s anointed one. Out of the ivory palaces Christ has come to claim his bride – the Queen in gold of Ophir. You and I, seated at the right hand of the king in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).

To live is Christ is to let our hearts overflow with a pleasing theme addressed to our glorious King Jesus, whose scepter is uprightness and whose throne is forever.

Prayer. Jesus, you are our God and our King, and we are your Queen of gold. May we always ride beside you in your cause for meekness, righteousness, and truth. Amen.


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