Certainly a candidate for one of the greatest love songs in all of Scripture, Psalm 45 was likely written in honor of King Solomon’s wedding. But as John Calvin puts it, “there can be no doubt, that under this figure the majesty, wealth, and extent of Christ’s kingdom are described and illustrated … to teach the faithful that there is no felicity greater or more desirable than to live under the reign of this king.” Like the psalmist, this morning in worship our hearts will overflow as we sing exuberant hymns such as Praise To The Lord, The Almighty and O Praise Ye The Lord And Sing A New Song—Psalm 149. The psalm (and the scripture reading from Revelation 19) describe a royal wedding feast; we implore one another in the hymn Christ Jesus Lay In Death’s Strong Bands to “keep the festival to which the Lord invites us.” Like Solomon’s bride, we are in awe of the loveliness of the King’s palace (O Lord Of Hosts, How Lovely—Psalm 84), and we are encouraged to “let goods and kindred go” in favor of His kingdom (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God). On this Sunday when we remember departed Christians throughout the ages, as well as our specific Reformation heritage, let us join the “countless host” of the King’s bride and her attendants, singing “Alleluia, Alleluia!” (For All The Saints) with joy and gladness.
—Henry C. Haffner
Key Words: King, Father, Son, God, Beauty, Throne
Keystone Verse: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness. (Psalm 45:6)
My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. 3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty! 4 In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! 5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you. 6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; 8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; 9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. 10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house, 11 and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him. 12 The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people. 13 All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.14 In many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her. 15 With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king. 16 In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.17 I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.