In our previous posts we’ve seen
- The Sons of Korah (SoK), men who deserved death but had reserved mercy wrote Psalm 45 a song to the King
- Deep affection that was being communicated to the King, in fact, it is a love song, with words that only a lover would use.
- That the King in the Psalm is Jesus and he’s described as smelling like an altar, temple, incense, and dead body.
- That King Jesus astonishes us with His, beauty, grace, and power.
Now, the Sons of Korah are about to change the subject…but not really. This still has everything to do with the goodness of the King, but now we get to see what His goodness is after – what his beauty and grace are seeking to accomplish.
This King that smells like salvation, who loves righteousness and hates evil, and lays his life down…He’s done it all to win a people, more specifically, to win a Bride. THE KING IS GETTING MARRIED
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.
Who is the bride of King Jesus. It’s the people of God. It’s the Church…it’s us. This is consistent throughout the entire Bible. Here are a couple of examples.
31 “Behold, the days are coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord.
For your Maker is your husband,
the Lord of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
5 As a young man marries a young woman,
so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you.
32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
Back here in Psalm 45, in verse 10, speaking to the Queen to be, the Sons of Korah say this:
10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
forget your people and your father’s house,
God first called his people to himself in GENESIS 12.1. He calls Abraham and his descendants, Israel, to be his people. What’s he say there? Leave your country, your people, and your father’s house. When he calls a people, he calls them away from who they were and what they were IN ORDER TO be with him. Now, notice this summons:
HEAR, CONSIDER, INCLINE
Notice the repetition. Hear, Consider, Incline your ear. The Sons of Korah are trying to get her attention – YOUR attention.
Let me ask you: have you left your life without God in order to do life with God? Have you given up control of your life so that you might have Jesus as King? Or are you clinging to your control, your pretend gods, your sin? Hear, Consider, Listen. Leave that life and believe in Jesus. Take him as your own.
Now, look at VERSE 11: FOR ME, THIS IS THE CLIMAX! Why would you ever want to leave your old life?
11 and the king will desire your beauty.
HE DESIRES YOU…LITERALLY this phrase means he “GREATLY DESIRES/YEARNS FOR/CRAVES YOUR BEAUTY”
WOW! He desires to be with you. Not like, for instance Zeus or Allah or Shivah – these gods all need something from you. It was thought that if all of Greece stopped believing in the gods of Greece, that would cease to exist. The Greek gods desired their people, in a way, and that is NOT at all how Jesus desires you.
In his book, The Freedom of a Christian, Martin Luther compares salvation, the Christian teaching of justification by grace through faith, to a marriage between a great King and His bride, a woman of ill repute, a harlot. For the rest of this post, I’m really going to be leaning on Luther as well as Michael Reeves.
The Great King doesn’t need this woman, but his massive heart is turned to her, he has compassion on her, and his chooses her to be with him as his very bride.
Now, if that’s happened, what does she want of him? He’s been the first man to ever really love her. The first man that was safe for her. To see her and love her for her own sake. He’s rescued her. He’s provided for her – safety, sustenance, and affection. What do you think she wants from him? Gold? A Palace? or…Him? That’s exactly right, her response to his unbelievable love is that she adores him.
11 and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him.
The word for BOW there is actually the word for Worship. Jesus loves you, desires you, has set his affection on you, and in response, you worship him. You adore him. This is exactly what happens in the Song of Songs…the bride of the King says:
SONG OF SONGS 5.16
he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved, this is my friend,
You see, he moved first…he came to her and set his delight on her…that’s grace. She couldn’t make herself a queen. Acting more queenly wouldn’t do it. Sipping tea with the pinky out. That doesn’t make you a queen. She could dress up in a queen’s dress, but she still wouldn’t be one. What’s the only way to become a queen?
Only by His word, only when he looks at her and makes his vows. “I take you as my bride.”
And in THAT MOMENT, she is queen. And when she speaks un-queenly, that won’t change the fact that she is the queen. When she stumbles over her new queenly robes, that doesn’t change the fact that she is queen. By His Word, because of His great love, she has BEEN MADE queen. But that’s not all…
He also clothes her, or said another way, He makes her beautiful!
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,
“All glorious,” it could also be translated Completely Majestic. He clothes her with beauty. Specifically, with his very own goodness, his very own righteousness.
We call this the Great Exchange. When he says, “All that I am is yours and all that I have I give to you.” All my love, my blessing, my righteousness. They are yours.
And she says to him, “All that I am is yours and all that I have I give you.” All my brokenness, shame, sin, regrets, and debt.
And he took all of that from her and paid it in full on the Cross, dying the death she should have died so that he might be with her forever. And he clothes her with his righteousness.
I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Now, you may not feel beautiful, and adorned. I get that. So please be sure to come back for the next, and final, post in this series on Psalm 45!