Matthew Henry's Commentary
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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;
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
13The king's daughter is all glorious
within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto
15With gladness and rejoicing shall
they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.
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.