Psalm 45

Psalm 45 is a very different tone from some of the previous psalms.  It is filled with joy and celebration.  “My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe”.  Does your heart overflow with God’s love?  Is it filled with a ‘pleasing theme’ that is overarching to all that you say and do?  That’s the kind of life God desires that we have – one where our heart is overflowing with the goodness that God gives, and our tongue is sharing that goodness with all those in our patch.

This psalm speaks of the king, and there are many commentators that believe it is speaking of the ultimate King – Jesus Himself.  The psalm contains a poetic and powerful description of the King and gives praise and exaltation for all that He does.  The writer begins with a description of the character of the Messiah – the beauty and nature of who He is – not merely His appearance but rather His character and personality.  And he writes of the eternal nature of this King.  “God has blessed you forever”.

The writer also talks about the arrows being sharp. Jesus shoots His arrows at the heart – He is concerned with who we are.  The psalmist goes on to talk about the authority and power of this King.  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever”.  There is no other who can lay claim to that other than Christ Himself.  The King is praised and exalted as God.  There is no other who fits that description than the very Son of God Himself.  His reign is eternal and goes on forever and ever.

The psalmist ends reminding us that His reign will be eternal.  “I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever”.  The writer knows that his place in God’s kingdom is to praise and worship the King, and to make His name known among all nations.  Do we praise Jesus that way?  Are we living in a way that we are making His name known among all nations?  That is the task we have been given.  We are to let the world know of the King who has purchased our lives and given us eternity.

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