Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Psalm 45

1 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.
2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.
6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
9 Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;
11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.
13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.
16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

Key Verse:
6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Key Observation:

A Messianic psalm foretelling of Christ’s rule.

Memory Verse:
(NIV) 4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds.


A psalm that has much about the kingdom times. Is the church mentioned in this psalm? I think so. Look at verse 9 in the New International Version: "Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in the gold of Ophir." Is the bride of the king the church? We are certainly at his right hand. And we know that the wedding feast of the Lamb and the church will take place after Christ’s return.

I have often wondered what life will be like when Christ returns for us. It is like the song says, “I Can Only Imagine.” The words of the song meander everywhere, but the conclusion of the song is that we just do not know. In reading Tozer, he said something of note that I think applicable here.
“I have every right to claim all for myself, knowing that an infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself so that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as it there were no others.”
Fully expect God to be in me in an infinite way—without limit. I used to think that when we got to heaven I would be gloriously happy to be there, but I would be in the back, so far back that I might be able to see that small speck off on the horizon that was my Lord. I was okay with that, but I found myself sometimes wondering if, even in infinity, I would ever get personally addressed by my Lord. Here Tozer, and I think quite properly, suggests that the infinite God is able to deal in an infinite manner with a very large number of people at the same time. We have been given a member of the Triune God, the Holy Spirit, to be within us for the rest of eternity. What a joy we have to look forward to! To have the attention of all of God for all of eternity! “Therefore shall the people praise thee forever.”

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