(For this Psalm 45 commentary). So, let's apply this to the Church's relationship to Christ our King. The second half pictures his bride and the wedding. And a hymn that is unmistakably Messianic and pointing us to that future day when the Church – in the words of the song – “eyes not her garment, but her dear bridegroom’s face.” Looking not at the glory that will just absolutely surround us at that point, but on our King of grace. And the Church praises him to this day. It could also be classified as a hymn of praise since it includes the characteristic threefold content: a call to praise (verses 1-6), a cause for praise (verses 7-41), and a conclusion (verses 42-45). KJV Hebrews 1:8 Â¶ But unto the Son he saith. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. The church is further spoken of in Ps 45:13-15, and the Psalm closes with another address to the King, foretelling his eternal fame, Ps 45:16-17. He thought that Psalm 45 meant one thing before Jesus came to the earth and something else after he came! The primary fact that we take away from this part of the psalm is that this is a love song. And I will walk at liberty Not in licentious way, but in Gospel liberty, under the influence of the free spirit; where is liberty, in the exercise of grace and discharge of duty. And do you know what Psalm that quote is taken from? “The words of these two verses together are incomprehensible unless they are understood to refer to the … “ Anointed ” has in mind the ministry and presence of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity. She would do well to submit to him. All Rights Reserved. So, that’s Psalm 45. You are more beautiful than the sons of man; grace is poured into your lips, therefore god has blessed you for ever. 1. “ You ” refers to the Son. A Song of Love. In the believing hope of our everlasting happiness in the other world, let us always keep up the remembrance of Christ, as our only way thither; and transmit the remembrance of him to succeeding generations, that his name may endure for ever. What did C. S. Lewis mean? Psalm 45: This royal psalm was written on the occasion of a royal wedding, though the identity of the king is not known. It starts in verse 5…. was an Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. This is the bride, the Lamb's wife, whose graces are compared to fine linen, for their purity; to gold, for their costliness: for as we owe our redemption, so we owe our adorning, to the precious blood of the Son of God. And it’s a Maschil or probably a well-written psalm for such a momentous occasion. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 44 in a slightly different numbering system. Psalm 105: One of two historical psalms (see chapter 78), this psalm traces the history of Israel for its didactic value in the psalmist’s own day. So, we see that the author of Hebrews clearly states that Jesus Christ – the Son of God – who is better than the angels – was addressed as “God” in the Old Testament. And so, we can see how it relates to Jesus Christ and his bride the Church throughout. 17 I will [make thy name to be remembered/proclaim your greatness] [in all generations/through the coming years]:therefore shall the [people/peoples/nations] [praise/give thanks to] thee for ever and ever. And as for our attendants on that great day, we know that all creation groans and suffers pains until the resurrection of our bodies and our being fully united – face-to-face – to our King. Such as strictly cleave to Christ, loving him in singleness of heart, are companions of the bride, who partake of the very same grace, enjoy the same privileges, and share in one common salvation. We see the Nazarene who is – according to Romans 9 – God-blessed forever. Psalm 45 - For the director of music. So, let’s turn to that Psalm and study it in its context. And so, it’s easy to see how this kind of encouragement would fit into the life of a human Davidic king. He’s brave and he goes into battle for the protection and safety of his people. And so, now in verses 3-5 this King is encouraged to engage in military exploits. The author of Hebrews makes the point immediately in this book that Jesus Christ is God’s final speech. The excellences of the Messiah, the suitableness of his offices, and the sufficiency of his grace, seem to be intended by the fragrance of his garments. But he will see and desire her fairness that is a match for his. Christ won't have competition for our affections. And in proportion as we are conformed to his holy image, we may expect the gladdening gifts influences of the Comforter. My heart swells with a noble theme; I will speak of my works to the king; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Now, the psalmist goes on to speak in verses 8 and 9 of the King’s desirableness and luxury. If we desire to share these blessings, we must hearken to Christ's word. Here it's reversed. Is it David? Psalm 45. And if she has difficulty leaving what she knows in this life to join the king, she needs to remember that he's the ruler of this domain. Just like the psalmist praised the King to the princess, now he does the reverse of that in verses 13-15. So, we gather from this superscription a few things. A. Is it Solomon? Of the Sons of Korah. By his word, his promise, his gospel, the good will of God is made known to us, and the good work of God is begun and carried on in us. And, that's the way that Hebrews 1 portrays it. KJV Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Psalm 37). You and I as the Bride of Christ must leave what we've known and belong to our great King alone. Surely, we will have these foreign nations there with us, bringing their gifts. This psalm is touching the King Jesus, his kingdom and government. Psalms 119:44 Psalms 119:46 Psalms 119:45. The throne of this almighty King is established for ever. The word “God” is rendered in the margin “O God”; “O God, thy God, hath anointed thee,” etc. We see the man of Calvary whose speech – and whole life – was full of grace and truth. The psalmist, verses 3-5, joyfully foretells the progress and success of the Messiah. with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And can you imagine on that day when we reign with Christ in the Millennium and all nations are serving our King? 13 The [king's daughter is/princess looks] [all glorious within/absolutely magnificent] [i.e., within her bridal chamber…]:her clothing is [of wrought/interwoven with/trimmed with] gold. What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? The arrows of conviction are very terrible in the hearts of sinners, till they are humbled and reconciled; but the arrows of vengeance will be more so to his enemies who refuse to submit. And he came for his queen – his bride – the Church. I’ve read and listened to this Psalm all my life, so popular that it is the passage of Scripture known by most everyone, even non-believers. Now, the psalmist turns back to the King and – as if the King needs any encouragement in this area – the psalmist praises the princess back to the King. A COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS STEPS OF ASCENSION TO GOD THE ART OF DYING WELL ILLUSTRATIONS. Psalm 45 Psalm 46 Psalm 47 Psalm 48 Psalm 49 Psalm 50 Psalm 51 Psalm 52 Psalm 53 Psalm 54 Psalm 55 Psalm 56 Psalm 57 Psalm 58 Psalm 59 Psalm 60 Psalm 61 Psalm 62 Psalm 63 Psalm 64 Psalm 65 Psalm 66 Psalm 67 Psalm 68 Psalm 69 Psalm 70 Psalm 71 Psalm 72 Psalm 73 Psalm 74 Psalm 75 Psalm 76 Psalm 77 Psalm 78 Psalm 79 Psalm 80 Psalm 81 Psalm 82 Psalm 83 Psalm 84 Psalm 85 Psalm 86 Psalm 87 Psalm … In the psalmist's mind, what he needs at a very basic and foundational level for help with his depression is for God to act decisively. All these Korah psalms belong to the time of Hezekiah. KJV Hebrews 1:5 Â¶ For unto which of the angels said he at any time. You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. Required fields are marked *. EasyEnglish Psalms Tweet: Tell your friends about this website! The robe of Christ's righteousness, which he has wrought out for his church, the Father imputes unto her, and bestows upon her. And then the author goes on to speak of this Son and what he’s like and what he’s done. And so, even at this man’s wedding procession, the people are thinking of him in these terms of being a military hero and protector of his people. And she herself is bejeweled with gold from a place known for its gold – Ophir. The bride-to-be is encouraged to leave all else behind and join herself in marriage to this all-desirable king. Psalm 45 is a unique psalm to the psalter. In Latin, it is known as "Eructavit cor meum". But I know how we’re supposed to think of it. © 2020 Christianity.com. In particular, the woman can repeat with the Song of Songs: "My lover belongs to me and I to him" (2:16). 14 She shall be [brought/escorted] unto the king in [raiment of needlework/embroidered work/embroidered robes]:the [virgins/maidens of honor] her [companions/attendants] that follow her [shall be brought unto/are led before] thee [<-- Where I get that this is addressed to the king…]. And if we need proof of Jesus being better than the angels, that’s what Hebrews gives us for the rest of this chapter. A wedding song. Our anticipation should be building. And not just her outfit – but her attendants are elaborate in terms of their number and their enthusiasm. We’ll be made princes in all the earth when our King comes to reign and have his wedding procession and wedding supper with us. B. 12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift;even the rich among the people shall [intreat/seek] thy favour. All who have seen his glory and tasted his grace, rejoice to see him, by his word and Spirit, bring enemies and strangers under his dominion. 3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O [most mighty/mighty one/warrior],[with/in/appear in] thy [glory and thy majesty/splendor and majesty/majestic splendor]. This world and its charms are ready to draw away our hearts from Christ; therefore … It has much more in common with the book of Proverbs than it seems to have with the rest of the Psalter. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. And then in verse 7 it’s quite clear that he’s still speaking of him. [for/because/after all] he is thy [Lord/master];[and worship thou/bow down to/submit to] him. 8 All thy garments [smell of/are perfumed with] myrrh, and aloes, and cassia,[out of/from] the [ivory/luxurious] palaces, [whereby/comes the music of] [they/stringed instruments] have made thee glad. How many songs did Solomon compose. It's like the hymn goes - "out of the ivory palaces into a world of woe – only his great eternal love made my Savior go.". And yet, that’s hard to maintain. To him that presides upon Shoshannim; for the sons of Korah, instruction, a Song of Loves. 2 Thou art [fairer than/the most handsome of all] [the children of men/men]:[grace is poured into thy lips/you speak in an impressive and fitting manner]: [therefore/for this reason] God [hath blessed thee for ever/grants you continual blessings]. Your email address will not be published. Now, the next part of the psalm in verses 6 and 7 is honestly quite difficult to see on the merely-human level. The first is that we recognize that this was written for a mere human Davidic king for his wedding procession. 16 [Instead/In place] of thy fathers shall be thy children, [to carry on the dynasty…]whom thou mayest make princes [in all/throughout] the [earth/land]. And for the Bride of Christ, this again points to our adornment on that day when we’re finally united to Christ our King. The psalmist's tongue was guided by the Spirit of God, as the pen is by the hand of a ready writer. Psalm 45 is the 45th psalm of the Book of Psalms. Let’s read those. And yet, we know the name of Jesus – still to this day. So, let's act like that's the case – because it is. And so much of the time, delivery comes as a result of fighting and war. And so, I looked at one of their commentaries and they actually changed the word “God” in verse 6 to be “Judge.” And the commentator had this elaborate view of this passage - that it’s actually speaking not of a king but of teachers of the Torah. Psalm 45 Psa 45:1 SUPERSCRIPTION: "OF THE SONS OF KORAH. 10 [Hearken/Listen], O [daughter/princess], [and consider/give attention/observe],and [incline thine ear/pay attention]; [what does she need to hear?...]. (KJV) Psalm 103:11-12 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Ps 45:10-12 are spoken to the bride. Our garments will be bright and clean – they’ll be our righteous acts. So, the king's clothing is perfumed with various scents. iii. He has all sorts of noble women attending him in his court. SAINT ROBERT BELLARMINE COLLECTION Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J. ... To begin, let’s read the superscription of this psalm. “ God, Your God ” speaks of the Father and His position of authority over the Second Person of the Trinity. But isn’t it interesting that we don’t know the exact identity of this King? Everything – including us – belongs to him. And it’s the Church that is made-up of so many “people” or “Gentiles” that praise our King forever and ever. Ps 45:1 is an announcement of intention, a preface to the song; Ps 45:3 adores the matchless beauty of Messiah; and from Ps 45:3-9, he is addressed in admiring ascriptions of praise. He’s their deliverer. But if we look at this from a Messianic standpoint, we need to ask ourselves - what will Jesus need to do before he comes to enjoy his full reuniting with his Bride, the Church on earth? All the while, the psalmist is speaking of the King. 6 Thy throne, O God, is [for ever and ever/permanent]:the sceptre of thy kingdom is a [right/just] sceptre. But the crowning jewel is his queen. The Spirit is called the oil of gladness, because of the delight wherewith Christ was filled, in carrying on his undertakings. WEDDING: Or "Loves" = Yedidoth. This world and its charms are ready to draw away our hearts from Christ; therefore we are concerned to understand how much more worthy he is of our love. A MASKIL. 31-45; 46-60; 61-75; 76-150; Psalm 1 – The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. Leading up to verse 6 he’s speaking of him. While this is a Psalm 23 commentary of sorts, I’ve put a personal spin on this passage and the way it hit my heart personally. This construction is not necessary, but it is the most obvious one. … These, every one, shall be brought to the King; not one lost or left behind. So, for verse 2, if we’re dealing on the human-only Davidic king-level, we see a king being praised for his handsome appearance and gracious speech and evident blessing from God. Commentary on Psalm 45:1-5 (Read Psalm 45:1-5) The psalmist's tongue was guided by the Spirit of God, as the pen is by the hand of a ready writer. For the director of music. God the Father, as his God in respect to his human nature and mediatorial offices, has given to him the Holy Spirit without measure. And if she does that – if she leaves what she knew in order to marry this man, the king would desire her beauty. Well, here it is in verse 2 – the beautiful subject that we’ve been anticipating. It is clear of all sin, there is none in it, nor any comes from it. And so, these things are praised about this woman to the king. And he's associated with palaces decked in ivory – that perhaps even music is coming from these beautiful luxurious palaces just for him and his wedding day - making him glad. forget also thine [own people/homeland],and thy [father's house/family]; 11 [So shall/Then will] the king [greatly desire/be attracted by] thy beauty: [why should she leave what she knows and do the king's will?...]. The psalm contains an introduction in which the author expresses his desire to write a fitting poem (verse 1); a song addressed to the king, especially emphasizing his royal majesty (verses 2-9); a song addressed to the … To the tune of "Lilies." You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. According to this construction, the thought would be carried on which is suggested in Psalm 45:6, of a direct address to the Messiah as God. What is really exciting is that if we look at the following Psalm, Psalm 45, we see that this is exactly the point of the Psalm. And yet, spiritually we are rich. 7 Thou lovest [righteousness/justice],and hatest [wickedness/evil]: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed theewith the oil of [gladness/joy] [elevating you…] above thy [fellows/companions]. HINT: Since there are such a large number of resources on this page (>10,000 links) you might consider beginning with the more recent commentaries that briefly discuss all 150 Psalms - Paul Apple (750 pages), Thomas Constable, David Guzik, Bob Utley.For more devotional thoughts consider Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, … The king in verses 2-9 was the king of Judah or Israel. PSALMS RESOURCES Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals. "I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me" (6:3). 2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. It is a shame that this good matter is not more the subject of our discourse. And it just so happens that this is the next psalm on our path through studying through the book of Psalms. A maskil. It was composed by the sons of Korach on (or "according to") the shoshanim–either a musical instrument or the tune to which the psalm should be sung. Learn how your comment data is processed. Note the parallelism and terminology of verses 3-4,10-12,13. PSALM FORTY-FIVE. External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. And the psalmist promises to make this man’s name be remembered in all generations. So, the psalmist is ready to write about this wonderful subject. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? But as we look at it from the Messianic perspective, we see a Savior who is both inside and out the most beautiful man to ever live. And so, for the ancient Davidic king – here the psalmist is looking forward to the fruit of his upcoming marriage - children to take his place and rule in his stead. 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