Summary: A message to the bride about the bride. Inspiration about our future with Jesus.
The Beautiful Bride
The 45th Psalm shows us a beautiful picture of Christ and His bride. A great marriage is about to take place, and the writer is "boiling over" with excitement: "My heart is inditing [boiling over] a good matter..." (Psalm 45:1).
David can hardly contain himself. He is trying to describe something he sees in his mind’s eye - an incredible ceremony, with a grand and glorious Bridegroom and a beautiful bride dressed in gold!
Princess Di and Prince Richard. Most beautiful wedding of the century, ended in ugliness.
The marriage described in Psalm 45, on the other hand, is a union far more glorious and grand. It is full of romance, beauty, majesty - but it is a marriage that will never end. It is meant for eternal glory!
This Wedding Is All About King Jesus Taking A Bride!
At this very moment, you and I are seated in heavenly places with King Jesus. Much greater than that, we are engaged to Him! And soon a grand and glorious marriage will take place - a majestic royal wedding beyond anything this world has ever seen.
King Jesus is standing before His throne - His royal scepter in His hand, His garments full of the wonderful aroma of myrrh and aloes. He has come from the ivory palace of His Father, where He has been anointed with the oil of gladness.
He is clothed in His full military dress. His glittering sword is strapped upon His thigh. He has conquered all His enemies, and His kingdom is secure. He reigns in peace and power, Victor over all. And, Scripture says, He is "...fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips..." (Psalm 45:2).
Every battle this King has fought - every enemy He has laid low, every act of grace and mercy He has provided - has been for His bride. It all has been meant for this moment. And now He is ecstatic, beaming with joy, full of excitement - because He looks forward to being joined to His beautiful bride. He gazes down the long corridor of the palace, waiting for her to approach with all her gathering!
The Bridegroom could have chosen a bride from many honorable daughters in the kingdom. "Kings’ daughters were among thy honorable women..." (Psalm 45:9). But He chose only one: "...upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir".
Now, Ophir gold was the purest, most refined gold made in those days. And this bride is adorned in it. What a sight she is, as she is "...brought unto the king..." (verse 14). She absolutely glows, because her heart is pure.
Her golden gown glistens with incredible needlework. This isn’t some cloth picked out from hobby lobby or Walmart; it has been intricately interwoven with threads of the purest gold. It shines.
The queen in gold marches toward the King with great fanfare. And what a glorious sound - tambourines, trumpets, stringed instruments! Behind her, as far as the eye can see, is her assembly - an army of virgins, all dressed in white, singing, dancing, praising with great joy. The bride is leading the whole procession - and they’re coming to meet the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Finally, the queen takes her place at the King’s right hand. And everyone is rejoicing - because this is the royal wedding of eternity! "...the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace" (verses 14-15).
Talk about a Holy-Ghost revival! Can you imagine the scene? This wedding is the purpose, the highlight, of all Creation. There stands King Jesus, His heart full of joy. And here comes His bride - the redeemed of mankind - dressed in pure gold, the righteousness of Christ! Just who is this bride in gold?
I believe its message is very clear: It’s about Jesus and His bride! The Bridegroom is our King and Lord, Jesus Christ. And the bride is His church - believers who have prepared themselves for His coming - who yearn for Him with great yearning, and whose hearts are without spot or wrinkle.
"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.... And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
"And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal" (Revelation 21:2, 9-11).