Summary: If you know Jesus Christ, the joys that await you exceed your wildest dreams. Excitement and joy awaits us as we begin to recognize what we have in Jesus Christ. We are rich, we are significant, we are secure, and we are royalty.
The Ultimate Royalty Wedding!
1. We like to joke about marriage.
Married for many years, Paul had been ignored by his wife, Liz, for some days, so eventually he confronted her with what he perceived as the problem.
'Come on Liz, admit it,' he ranted, 'You only married me because my granddad left me $6 million, didn't you?'
'You really are silly, Paul,' retorted Liz loudly, 'I couldn't care less WHO left it to you.'
2. Marriage begins with a wedding, and different cultures sometimes have different sorts of weddings.
3. Today's Psalm is a bout a royal wedding, the wedding of a King of Israel/Judah to his chosen bride. But it is not long until we realize that this Psalm goes beyond a mere wedding to the time and person of the ultimate King, the Messiah.
4. The Jews understood this. To evidence this, I have given you a copy of an ancient Jewish paraphrase and interpretation of Scripture called a "Targum." The Targum on Psalm 45 informs us that it is not merely Christians who see this Psalm as predicting the Messiah.
Here is the ancient Jewish understanding of Psalm 45. This is a paraphrase and interpretation called a "Targum." Additions to the Biblical text are in italics.
1. For praise; concerning those who sit in the Sanhedrin of Moses, which was spoken in prophecy by the sons of Korah; a good lesson, and a psalm, and a thanksgiving.
2. My heart desires fine speech; I will speak my work to the king; the utterance of my tongue is quick, like the pen of a fluent scribe.
3. Your beauty, O King Messiah, is greater than the sons of men; the spirit of prophecy has been placed on your lips; because of this the Lord has blessed you forever.
4. Gird your sword on your thigh, O champion; your glory and your brilliance is to kill kings as well as rulers.
5. And your brilliance is great; therefore you will succeed in mounting the horse of the kingdom, by reason of faithfulness and truth and humility and righteousness; and the Lord will teach you to do fearful things with your right hand.
6. Your arrows are drawn to kill Gentile hordes; beneath you they will fall; and the sons of your bow will be released into the heart of the enemies of the king.
7. The throne of your glory, O Lord, lasts forever and ever; the scepter of your kingdom is an upright scepter.
8. Because you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness – because of this the Lord your God has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your fellows.
9. Pure myrrh and aloe-wood and cassia – your garments are perfected, from the palaces paved with ivory below; from me they will make you glad.
10. The provinces of the kingdom come to welcome you and to honor you, while the book of Torah is stationed at your right side, and written in gold from Ophir.
11. Hear, O congregation of Israel, the Torah of his mouth, and see the wonders of his deeds, and incline your ear to the words of Torah, and you will forget the evil deeds of the wicked of your people, and the place of idols that you worshipped in the house of your father.