Summary: This is the Psalm of the King and it spurs us on to not only worship Him but live for Him as children of the King. What an honor!
Griffith Baptist Church – 2/15/09
Text: Psalm 45
Key verse: Psalms 45:17 - I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
Premise: This is the Psalm of the King and it spurs us on to not only worship Him but live for Him as children of the King. What an honor!
Jack Hayford and his wife Anna were vacationing in Britain during the 25th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. While there the Hayfords saw constant reminders of royalty. That, along with visits to several castles, caused Hayford to sense what it might be like to be "raised as a child in such regal settings." With this in mind, he asked Anna one day, as they drove through the countryside, to write down these words: "Majesty, worship His majesty. Unto Jesus be all glory, power, and praise." Thus "Majesty," one of today’s most glorious praise songs, was born.
I don’t know how you feel about royalty, but to stand in the presence of a monarch must be an awesome experience.
This psalm points to Jesus Christ, the King – Hebrews 1:8-9 - 8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. 9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
1. The Dedication to the King – 45:1
A. From the heart – My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
i. Matthew 12:35 – A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: . . .
ii. Our heart should be constantly monitored and filled with good things that produce good things.
B. From the head – I recite my composition concerning the King;
i. Ephesians 4:23 – And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
ii. What is in our mind stays there.
iii. Putting good things in will result in a change in our behavior.
C. From the mouth – My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
i. There was once an elderly couple that was traveling through upstate NY. As they were driving along they saw a sign that said, "Helicopter rides ahead". Pa said to Ma that he always wanted to ride in one of those helicopters. So they pull into the place and found the pilot. Pa asks him how much for the ride. The pilots said, "$20 each." Pa scratched his chin and said, "I’d like to ride but that’s too much money". Feeling a little sorry for the old folks the pilot tells them, "Here is what I will do. If you or your wife don’t make a sound, I’ll take you up for free. But if either one of you says a word then you have to pay me $40". Pa says "Sure, I’ll take that deal." So they were off. They go just about straight up, then the pilot does a power dive just above the trees. He turns the craft one way then the other. At times almost going upside down. He finally lands and says, "Sir I am a man of my word, you never made a sound, that ride is for free." Pa said, "Yup, I almost said something, though, when Ma fell out."
ii. Psalms 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
iii. Be very careful what we say, it can never be taken back.
2. The Description of the King – 45:2-9
A. Beautiful and gracious – 2
i. Isaiah 33:17 – 17Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
ii. This beauty cannot be adequately described or envisioned.
iii. Grace is the centerpiece of God reaching down to us
B. Conqueror – 3-5
i. Revelation 19:15 – And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
ii. Who can stand against God – Isaiah 54:17 - No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
C. Sovereign – 6
i. Psalms 103:19 – The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
ii. He rules over all