I have been struck recently by a worship song based on Psalm 45.
This Psalm has at times confused me. It seems artistically personal, yet I have been taught it as relating to David as the King. But it is also seen as a Messianic Psalm, including prophecy that refers to the Messiah. And yet, it changes the audience from the King to God at verse 6...for some reason I have always missed this. Now, it brings me to tears.
It is communication between a King and His lover... God and the ones loved... the Messiah, and His bride... All one in the same. How beautiful. Perfectly clear and complete. How beautiful.
When I saw the true nature of a “heart moved by a noble theme” I, too, wanted to write a “verse for the King.” I, too, at a young age, became overwhelmed when the love and romance of this King came to my understanding, came to me. I am part of His bride, the church. I am His bride. He loves me, as God to His redeemed one, as a King to a servant, as a King to a Queen, as a man to a woman, as my Husband… (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. Isaiah 54:5)
Turn from your “father’s house,” what you have always known...and bow to Him, He desires your beauty as one He created to love.
Oh you, His loved one, find in this Psalm your great Messiah. King Jesus, your one True God...your lover. Find Him as your great defender (vs.5) Find Him as the ultimate companion and satisfaction to every corner of your heart. Find His theme, to be loved
Love in dying for you, love in living again, love in bringing you into His most perfect plan for all of His creation and all of the Universe. To know His great LOVE
- Illuminate Worship Pastor, Tonya Sawyer
Your Throne, O God, Is Forever
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song.
45 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.
(song reference: Psalm 45, Shane and Shane)