The Glories of the Messiah and His Bride
To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” A Contemplation of the sons of Korah A Song of Love.
1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2 You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.
3 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, with Your glory and Your majesty. 4 And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; and Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. 5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; the peoples fall under You.
6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. 8 All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. 9 Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. 10 Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your own people also, and your father’s house; 11 So the King will greatly desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, worship Him. 12 And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; the rich among the people will seek your favor. 13 The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; her clothing is woven with gold. 14 She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; the virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. 15 With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; they shall enter the King’s palace. 16 Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, whom You shall make princes in all the earth. 17 I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.
The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s ‘BE Worshipful’.
The wedding was obviously that of a king…..and some have identified him with Solomon, who married an Egyptian princess (1 Kings 3:1 9:24)…..But it’s clear that one “greater than Solomon” (Matt. 12:42) is present in this beautiful psalm, and that one is Jesus Christ, the King of Kings…..Hebrews 1:8-9 marks it as a messianic psalm, so whatever may have been the historical use of this psalm, the ultimate message is about Jesus Christ and His bride, the church (Eph. 5:23; Rev. 19:6-21 22:17). The writer presents four pictures of our Lord and in so doing also described His bride.
1. The Gracious Son of Man (vv. 1-2). This is a song for the heart from the heart of an inspired and excited writer….. Jesus endured the cross “for the joy that was set before Him” (Heb. 12:2), which was the joy of presenting His bride to the Father in glory (John 17:24). It is the work of the Holy Spirit to glorify Jesus Christ in the world (John 16:14), and He inspired this writer to do just that. The King described in this psalm is both God (v. 6) and man (v.2), and that can only be Jesus.
The writer began with the beauty of the King (v.2), “”fairer than the children of men,” literally, “beautified with beauty.”…..We love Jesus even though we have never seen Him, but one day we shall behold the King in His beauty (Isa. 33:17), and we shall be like Him (1 John 3:1-3). The writer also marveled at His gracious speech, but so did the people who hear Him preach and teach on earth (Luke 4:18…..). Visitors from distant lands came to hear Solomon’s wisdom,,,,,but the Father has hidden all the treasures of divine wisdom in Jesus Christ (Col. 2:3). Solomon died and except for what he wrote in Scripture, his wisdom died with him; but Jesus is blessed forever (v.2), has a throne forever (v. 6), and His name will be praised forever (v.17). He is “King forever”…..
2. The Victorious Warrior (vv. 3-5). We live in a day when the militant side of the Christian faith is criticized and even eliminated, an attitude that is both unbiblical and dangerous…..God has been at war with Satan and sin, for the Lamb of God is also “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5). Jesus suffered and died on the cross, not only to save sinners but also to defeat Satan (Col. 2:13-15), and one day He will return as a warrior and defeat His enemies and establish His righteous kingdom…..The church of Jesus Christ doesn’t use human weapons to accomplish His will (John 18:10-11…..) but instead uses the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Heb. 4:12…..). Jesus is fighting on behalf of “truth and meekness and righteousness”…..As God’s people share His love, serve others, and declare the Word, they are “waging peace” and seeking to reconcile men and women with God (2 Cor. 5:14-21). The Father has promised to give His Son the nations of the earth for His inheritance…, and He will keep that promise.
3. The Righteous King (vv. 6-7a). Those who deny the deity of Christ refuse to accept the translation “Thy throne, O God,” because they want to make the psalm only Jewish history and not messianic prophecy…..The writer clearly affirmed the eternal reign of the eternal Son of God. His reign would also be righteous, and all evil would be removed. Jesus Christ is reigning now in heaven, seated at the right had of the Father…..One day, His people will reign with Him and share His glory (Rev. 5:10; 20:6).
4. The Glorious Bridegroom (vv. 7b-17). These verses describe the royal wedding, beginning with the preparation of the Bridegroom (vv. 7b-9)…..In ancient times, a Jewish bridegroom went to the bride’s house to claim her and then took her to his own home, and Jesus will do that when He returns to claim His church (1 Thess. 4:13-18). The “kings’ daughters” (v.9) are princesses who accompany the bride; we would call them bridesmaids. In verse 14 they are called “virgin companions” (NIV), so they must not be confused with harem women, who certainly would not be in a wedding procession.
Next comes the preparation of the bride (vv. 10-13). Today, the church of Jesus Christ is spotted by the world and looking old and wrinkled because of inner decay, but one day it shall be a glorious bride, blameless, and without spot or wrinkle (Eph. 5:27). Though criticized today, the church in that day will be beautiful and bring great glory to Christ (Eph. 1:6-12. 18)…..Our Lord loves us and sees beauty in His bride, and we must acknowledge that He is Lord and worship Him, showing respect and homage to Him (1 Peter 3:6; Gen. 18:12). It would be idolatry to worship a human king, but this is the King of Glory…..
In the next stage of the wedding, the bride is brought to the King (vv. 14-15), and her companions are with her. It is a time of beauty and joy as the wedding party enters the banquet hall in the palace and shares in the wedding feast (See Rev. 19:1-10). As the King and His queen leave, the writer pronounces a benediction (vv. 16-17), speaking especially to the King…..Words like these spoken at an ancient Eastern wedding would be considered polite exaggeration, but when applied to Jesus Christ, they aren’t strong enough! He is bringing many children to glory (Heb. 2:10, 13), and His family will share His glory and His reign.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.