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By: Jordan

Psalm 45 in Carolingian Minuscule


Psalm 45 has always been one of my favorite poems found in the Bible.  At first glance, this psalm tells the story of a marriage between a King and Queen. The King is honorable and strong, righteous and fair. The Queen, beautiful and willing to stand by her man. At first glance, this psalm tells a story that easily fits the typical Hollywood mold. Fortunately, as with everything in the Bible, this psalm is not a product of Hollywoord. This psalm is God-breathed. This psalm tells a much greater story than that first glance.

Yes, Psalm 45 is the story of a king and his new bride; but this is not just any king. THIS King is the saviour of the world. THIS King married His bride not only to spend life with her on Earth, but to bless her with eternal life. THIS King is Jesus Christ and His bride is the church, better know as humanity. When read with this context in mind, Pslam 45 takes on new depths of meaning. THIS King is perfect. His reign lasts forever and He loves His bride to no end. THIS King will sacrifice everything, including his life, for His beloved bride. He is “enthralled” by her beauty (v. 11), knowing that she forever belongs to Him. THIS story could never be contained by the typical Hollywood mold, and for that I am truly grateful.

C.S. Lewis wrote the following about Psalm 45, “The birth of Christ is the arrival of the great warrior and the great king. Also of the Lover, the Bridegroom, whose beauty surpasses that of man. But not only the Bridegroom as the lover, the desired; the Bridegroom also who makes fruitful, the Father of children still to be begotten and born”.  So, take a few moments to read Psalm 45 in a different light. Recognize that YOU are Christ’s bride and He is ENTHRALLED by your beauty!

Bless and be blessed.

Psalm 45.

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

2 You are the most excellent of men
and your lips have been anointed with grace,
since God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one;
clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously
in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;
let your right hand display awesome deeds.
5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
from palaces adorned with ivory
the music of the strings makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 The king is enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift,
men of wealth will seek your favor.

13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
her virgin companions follow her
and are brought to you.
15 They are led in with joy and gladness;
they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.