A Season of Psalms - Psalm 45:1, 6-7
Psalm 45:1, 6-7
“My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe….Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
I enjoy weddings, whether I’m performing or attending them. Weddings are a joyful celebration of two individuals intertwining their hearts and lives in the bonds of matrimony. I remember my own wedding like it was yesterday (I’d better, or else…). My bride processed down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Trumpet Voluntary,” we exchanged heartfelt vows, and we were pronounced husband and wife. There were a few hiccups that day in preparation for the wedding, as there are in any wedding, but it’s a day that I cherish and delight in. It was a small taste of what heaven will be like when we’re united with the Lamb.
Psalm 45 is called a “royal psalm” and was most likely composed as a wedding song for the marriage of a king of Judah or Israel. It’s been suggested that since it mentions “a princess of Tyre” in verse 12, the psalm may have been written during Solomon’s reign (can you imagine 700 weddings?). In contrast to previous psalms penned by the Sons of Korah, this one is more joyful in tone. It’s a celebration of the goodness of both bridegroom (v. 2-8) and bride (v. 9-16). She celebrates his beauty, bravery, majesty, and power over enemies. He celebrates her beauty and stateliness. It’s a day of joy as they embark on a new future together. Notice the interlude in verses 6-7: in the midst of their celebration, God is not forgotten. At the outset of this new life together, God is revered and celebrated for his eternality and righteousness. God is in the wedding. Since marriage is His idea, shouldn’t He be front and center?
God is everywhere, so let us celebrate with joy and gladness that He makes Himself known to His people. He’s promised to never leave us nor forsake us; He’ll be around for all eternity. His name is great and greatly to be praised! O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
Further Reading: Psalm 8; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13
Pray with me: Today, Father, we pause to celebrate Your greatness. You have done great things among Your people. You have blessed us with spiritual blessings in abundance, and we are filled to overflowing with Your goodness. We lavish You with praise today. This is our prayer, and we offer it in the strong name of King Jesus, Amen.