Psalm 45

A bridal Psalm which, even before the New testament, was taken as messianic. Hebrews 1 8-9 sealed the deal, quoting it directly. The vision of the king on a horse riding out for justice seems to be picked up in revelation as well.

The writer opens by describing his tongue as another’s pen, like he is prophetically guided by God.

The opening section describes a glorious king, beautiful, fighting for justice, his arrows hit the heart. Handsome is as handsome does, it’s idealised.

They speak of the king as God, having an eternal throne of justice. And then there are two gods. God, the God of the king gives him honour and anoints him with joy. It’s impossible not to read as about the Messiah.

And this is the Son in glory, the risen king, attractive in every way.

The second section talks about the bride.

There is a scene of her accompanied by a group, approaching the king in joy, basking in the connection and the celebration, anticipating their sons becoming Princes forever. It is regarded as thematically picked up in the passage in Ephesians 5 about the church being like a bride to Christ.

What this adds to those passages is poetry. It’s taking everything good and giddy about a royal wedding and saying God is that noble Prince Charming, heroic and attractive, and we are the one chosen to be elevated to be with him, seen as uniquely beautiful to him.

Yes maybe it’s a bit creepy if you overthink it. But its powerful. If you idealise the most celebrated relationship imaginable on earth, that is us to God.

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