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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 45

his psalm is a prophecy of Messiah the Prince, and points to him as a Bridegroom espousing the church to himself, and as a King ruling in it, and for it.

Verses 1-5: The psalmist's tongue was guided by the Spirit of God, as the pen is by the hand of a ready writer. This psalm is touching the King Jesus, his kingdom and government. It is a shame that this good matter is not more the subject of our discourse. There is more in Christ to engage our love, than there is or can be in any creature. This world and its charms are ready to draw away our hearts from Christ; therefore we are concerned to understand how much more worthy he is of our love. By his word, his promise, his gospel, the good will of God is made known to us, and the good work of God is begun and carried on in us. The psalmist, ver. (3-5), joyfully foretells the progress and success of the Messiah. The arrows of conviction are very terrible in the hearts of sinners, till they are humbled and reconciled; but the arrows of vengeance will be more so to his enemies who refuse to submit. All who have seen his glory and tasted his grace, rejoice to see him, by his word and Spirit, bring enemies and strangers under his dominion.

Verses 6-9: The throne of this almighty King is established for ever. While the Holy Spirit leads Christ's people to look to his cross, he teaches them to see the evil of sin and the beauty of holiness; so that none of them can feel encouragement to continue in sin. The Mediator is God, else he had been neither able to do the Mediator's work, nor fit to wear the Mediator's crown. God the Father, as his God in respect to his human nature and mediatorial offices, has given to him the Holy Spirit without measure. Thus anointed to be a Prophet, Priest, and King, Christ has pre-eminence in the gladdening gifts and graces of the spirit, and from his fulness communicates them to his brethren in human nature. The Spirit is called the oil of gladness, because of the delight wherewith Christ was filled, in carrying on his undertakings. The salvation of sinners is the joy of angels, much more of the Son. And in proportion as we are conformed to his holy image, we may expect the gladdening gifts influences of the Comforter. The excellences of the Messiah, the suitableness of his offices, and the sufficiency of his grace, seem to be intended by the fragrance of his garments. The church formed of true believers, is here compared to the queen, whom, by an everlasting covenant, the Lord Jesus has betrothed to himself. This is the bride, the Lamb's wife, whose graces are compared to fine linen, for their purity; to gold, for their costliness: for as we owe our redemption, so we owe our adorning, to the precious blood of the Son of God.

Verses 10-17: If we desire to share these blessings, we must hearken to Christ's word. We must forget our carnal and sinful attachments and pursuits. He must be our Lord as well as our Saviour; all idols must be thrown away, that we may give him our whole heart. And here is good encouragement, thus to break off from former alliances. The beauty of holiness, both on the church and on particular believers, is, in the sight of Christ, of great price, and very amiable. The work of grace is the workmanship of the Spirit, it is the image of Christ upon the soul, a partaking of the Divine nature. It is clear of all sin, there is none in it, nor any comes from it. There is nothing glorious in the old man or corrupt nature; but in the new man, or work of grace upon the soul, every thing is glorious. The robe of Christ's righteousness, which he has wrought out for his church, the Father imputes unto her, and bestows upon her. None are brought to Christ, but those whom the Father brings. This notes the conversion of souls to him. The robe of righteousness, and garments of salvation, the change of raiment Christ has put upon her. Such as strictly cleave to Christ, loving him in singleness of heart, are companions of the bride, who partake of the very same grace, enjoy the same privileges, and share in one common salvation. These, every one, shall be brought to the King; not one lost or left behind. Instead of the Old Testament church, there shall be a New Testament church, a Gentile church. In the believing hope of our everlasting happiness in the other world, let us always keep up the remembrance of Christ, as our only way thither; and transmit the remembrance of him to succeeding generations, that his name may endure for ever


David Burnette's Life Application

His Bride


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 45. In our text today we see a theme of a poem that was written to a king on the occasion of his wedding. Many see this Psalm as a prophecy about Christ and His Bride, the Church, who will soon be reunited for eternity. In making application we see that those who are saved are part of His Bride, the Church. As the bride we should be preparing ourselves for the wedding feast. Adorning ourselves and being ready when Jesus comes to receive us. This should motivate us to busy about the King's business, busy reaching others with the Gospel so that others can become part of His Church. How about you? Are you busy about the King's business? Do you share your faith with others? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to be reminded to reach others with the Gospel so the Church will be adorned and ready when Jesus comes for His Bride, the Church. 

 

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Psalm 45

Psalm 45

 1My 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.

 2Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

 3Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

 4And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

 5Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

 6Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

 7Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

 8All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

 9Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

 10Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

 11So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

 12And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

 13The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

 14She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

 15With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.

 16Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

 17I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.