A Royal Wedding

Gordon VanWylen

READ : Psalm 45:1-17

The splendor of a magnificent royal wedding permeates every line of this psalm. The king (vv. 2-9) is striking in both his personal qualities the most excellent of men, lips anointed with grace, one who loves righteousness, and in his calling to ride majestically on behalf of truth, humility and righteousness ( a noble calling for anyone in a leadership role) and to lead an eternal kingdom marked by justice and victory. The bride (vv. 10-15), striking in beauty and elegantly dressed, is called to leave her father’s house to fulfill her noble role in the king’s palace.

These verses were written to be recited at the celebration of a royal wedding. Since the time of Christ, it has been perceived that this psalm has a deeper meaning. It is a picture of the intimate relationship between Jesus Christ, who is both Lamb of God and King of Kings, and his bride, the Church. In Revelation 19 we read, “Hallelujah! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)” The moving imagery of this psalm gives insights into the magnificent future God has prepared for those who have received life in Christ, and incentive to prepare for that day through righteous acts.

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for the joys of life in Christ we experience now which await us in full in our eternal home. Amen.