Sunday, 29 August 2021
Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear: Forget your people and your father’s house; Then the King will desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, bow down and honor Him. (Psalm 45:10-11)
Psalm 45 is a Messianic Psalm, popularly called ‘A Royal Wedding Song’, that prophetically declares the Messiah’s second coming to gather His bride – the church, to Himself. The union of the Lamb to His bride is beautifully illustrated as a joyful wedding celebration. In these days, as we watch and hear reports of the fulfillment of numerous prophecies surrounding the end times, are we prepared and ready for the Second Coming of the Lord?
The Bridegroom and the Bride pointing to Christ and the Church have various characteristics that can be seen from the Psalm:
The Royal Bridegroom (Vs 2-9)
The Psalmist begins by exalting the victorious King. He is the Gracious Prince (Vs 2), the Son of God who authoritatively proclaimed salvation to the world. He is the Righteous Judge (Vs 3-5), who will in his second coming judge the world and reward each person accordingly (Matthew 25:31-46). He is the Eternal King (Vs 6-7) whose kingdom and reign have no end (Hebrews 1:8-9).
In his first coming, Jesus Christ, the Son of God became the Suffering Servant (Vs 8) who took on the sins of the world, to reconcile the fallen world to Himself, by making peace through his blood that was shed on the cross as a penalty for our sins (Colossians 1:20-22). He first came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), but in His second coming the Royal Bridegroom (Vs 9) will come to receive to Himself, His glorious bride - the elect ones who are eagerly awaiting His return (Matthew 24:31, Hebrews 9:28).
The Glorious Bride (Vs 10-17)
The bride of Christ is the ‘church of God, which He purchased with His own blood’ (Acts 20:28). The magnitude of the Bridegroom’s love for His bride is revealed in the sacrifice He made for her “…Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, ….. that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)
How are we to prepare ourselves to receive the Bridegroom?
Forget the past (Vs 10): We have been redeemed from the empty way of life of our forefathers and called to be His, by the precious blood of Christ, the sinless and spotless Lamb of God (2 Peter 1:18-19). Let us therefore, forget the past and press on toward the goal to win the prize of God's heavenly calling in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
Revere the King (Vs 11): As we eagerly await His return, we are to worship and adore the Lord by living holy lives, consecrated to Him. “…instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” (Titus 2:12-13)
Hope for the future (Vs 15): In Christ, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3) and have been called His chosen ones, His prized possession. While we live in this world, He has given us His Holy Spirit to strengthen and lead us and we have the promise of eternity with Him. “And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 35:10)
The time is drawing near and His coming is imminent! Are you preparing yourself for the royal wedding? Let us humble ourselves before this mighty King who gave His life for us, and prepare ourselves in eager anticipation of His second coming, that we may be presented a holy and blameless bride, to be united with Him in eternal joy.
“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (Revelations 19:6-7)