The Royal Wedding

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 45:1-17

This is a song celebrating the relationship between a king and his bride. The first part of this hymn praises the groom, the king. This reflects Christ, the bridegroom of the church. He is glorious in every way (vv. 2-9). Because of this, his bride, the church, is to focus on him and honor him (vv. 10-11).

The church is being prepared for that great ultimate event, the marriage feast of the Lamb in heaven. The present church is often disappointing, but it will be made perfect by the power of God. Paul thinks in these terms when he says to the church, “I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin” (2 Cor. 11:2). In the final hour, John sees “the new Jerusalem, coming down from out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Rev. 21:2).

The amazing parallel the Bible describes between marriage and the church gives us important insights. Marriage is sacred. Everything possible must be done to prevent it from disintegrating. Likewise, the church must keep its vows (of love).

PRAYER

Father, strengthen our marriages and our faithfulness to Christ. In his name. Amen.