Psalm 45 – Christ the King Is Victorious
Since it is Christ the King Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to post a Psalm that speaks of Christ as King over all. My favorite is Psalm 2, but I’ve already posted it before. So I did a search on Biblegateway.com to see what other Psalm would be appropriate and decided on Psalm 45.
This is an awesome Psalm. I love the first verse because I know that my own heart is stirred when I think of the nobility of Christ. I have written quite a few verses of poetry in honor of my King, and because He has given me a gift to be able to write those verses honor Him.
But beyond that I love this Psalm because although it was written in part for David as King, because the Holy Spirit was in the writing of it there is a foreshadowing of Christ as the ultimate and final King. In verse 6, we are reminded that the throne of God will last forever and that He rules with justice. Verses 13 to 15 speak of the bride of the King, which is the Church of Christ that will enter His palace with joy and gladness.
This whole Psalm is such a beautiful tribute to Christ our King who is victorious in His quest for truth, humility, and righteousness that flow directly from Him to His people. Praise be to Christ Jesus, our King of kings and Lord of lords.
For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.
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.
Why am I struggling so hard to get this? I like the way you always point out the Holy Spirit’s role in things, and I can see the Psalm as written by His hand. Maybe it’s because more Psalms are written by David than to David?
I think it’s hard to figure out verses where Jesus is called God. Or maybe I just need to study a little more… Thanks for all you do. : )
Linda, I don’t think there are clearly some verses that refer to Jesus and other that refer to David. For me it is all intertwined, with both meanings being present. Seeing Christ in the Old Testament really opened up for me when I read Luke 24:13-35 one time, where it says Jesus was talking to two disciples after His resurrection, and it says, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Right then and there I prayed that whenever I was reading the Old Testament that the Holy Spirit would show me where Jesus was. God has been faithful to answer that prayer. Peace, Linda
Even when I got out my Message Bible, the intertwining that you mention is still there, even in it’s simplest translation. It’s just not like solving for x. It’s not math. While I was in the Message, I looked up Luke 24:13-35, and that story is so beautifully written, I could almost watch the scene unflold. I never thought about asking the Holy Spirit to show me Jesus in the Old Testament, but I will now. Still learning… thanks!
“since God has blessed you forever” . . .That blessed me, thinking of Jesus being blessed forever, and us through Him. Thank you for always finding the Psalm that we need to read on Sundays. God bless you as He guides you through your upcoming week!
Deb, I suppose eventually I will have gotten all the way through the Psalms; then I’ll have to decide whether to start over again or move on to something else. 🙂 I trust God will help me decide when the time comes. Peace, Linda
Thank you, Linda
Beatiful Psalm , isn’t it? I still recall the early years when we participated in choral speaking presentations. The King James was our preferred translation “My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer…”
“But beyond that I love this Psalm because although it was written in part for David as King, because the Holy Spirit was in the writing of it there is a foreshadowing of Christ as the ultimate and final King”
Thanks for taking the time to share the wonder of our King with us. I like the piece you shared on May your tongue always “be the pen of a ready writer”.
Ann, I think what I like best about Psalm Sunday is that it gives me a reason to read and contemplate Psalms other than my “favorites.” Even though I’ve read them all before, more than once, each one seems new. Peace, Linda
i perhaps should not admit this, but i love king james, and the psalms seem richer and more powerful when i read them in king james.
Thank you for bringing psalm 45 into a fresh and encouraging light. I just love the psalms, and that is the one book i retreat to when i need to draw near the lord. keep writing!!!
I don’t think there is anything wrong with loving the King James Version. My first Bible was a KJV. But the first Bible I owned that I really read and used for Bible study was the New International Version (NIV) so it is my favorite. And I love the Psalms in just about any translation! They are so beautiful and are my refuges, too. Peace, Linda