(Today's post by Britt Ozburn)
Psalm 45 is a beautiful tribute of words with deep meaning. As with many verses and chapters in God's Word, it will carry lots of meaning, amplified at different times in different ways to the reader. As I read this Psalm for the first time, the image of a bride and bridegroom comes to mind, the eve of their wedding, as they look forward to the long life they would soon lead together.
(Verses 2-8) The bridegroom is no ordinary man: He is a king over a large dominion. He is a majestic warrior, ready to ride off to battle and conquer in the name of God, bringing victory. The king's enemies stand no chance against him. The bride that is united with this king is very blessed indeed. Some have said that this king is David, as many of the first readers likely did. As a reader and believer in this period of history, I cannot help but think of the king in this Psalm as our King, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, presented hundreds of years before His life on the earth.
Luke 1: “31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Matthew 9: 14Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” 15Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”
(Verses 10-15) The bride is a beautiful woman, a bride who is loved by the King, her Lord and Bridegroom. She meets the bridegroom in a gown interwoven with gold, and they are united forever in the king’s palace. This is a wedding of heavenly beauty that Prince William and Princess Kate could never match. A similar wedding is described in Revelation 19:
7″Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”
The linen the bride wears is acts of righteousness, made pure white by the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. So, who is this bride? In my opinion, it is the church. You and me, as Believers. There is coming a wedding when we are united with Christ forever, long after this earth has perished. To close, one final word from Paul:
Ephesians 5: 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Praise be to our God, and his Son Jesus Christ, who has saved us and will be our King forever. Now go back and reread Psalm 45, and if you are a Believer, see if you don’t find yourself in these passages.