Thursday, March 17, 2016

PSALM 45 continued...
A Love Song

My wedding dress was a cotton peasant style and cost
$35 on sale at the fancy Madonna Inn gift shop.  But for most weddings,
the wedding dress is the costliest gown ever worn.

"All Thy garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made Thee glad.
Kings' daughters are among Thy noble ladies;
At Thy right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir."
(verse 8)

Millions watch royal weddings.  Yet, even to a commoner like me, my royal bridegroom comes. 
His sweet presence is fragrant.  The perfume of His Spirit is made known that He is coming.
"His robes of state, wherein He appears, are taken notice of, not for their pomp...but by their pleasantness.  These ingredients are some of that which is the holy anointing oil which God appointed, not for any common use...the unction of the Spirit which Christ the great high priest of our profession received.  (Matthew Henry) 

The God of all our senses uses this to enhance our enjoyment of His union with us.  As He draws near, His anointing beckons us carried upon the very air we breathe.  His anointing has spilled onto His garments and wafts outward to make us long for Him who is our Desire.  He is altogether lovely.

Adam Clarke says that "the ivory palaces are the wardrobes inlaid with ivory, in which their numerous changes of raiment were deposited.  Myrrh and aloes are well known: cassia is probably the bark or wood of the cinnamon tree.  These with frankincense...and others...are frequently used in the perfumes."  Whereas Matthew Henry says, "The mansions of light above are the ivory palaces, whence all the joys both of Christ and believers come, and will be forever in perfection."


"All true believers are born from above; they are the children of the King of Kings.  The church is here compared to the queen herself--the queen-consort, whom, by an everlasting covenant, He hath betrothed to Himself. She stands at his right hand in the gold of Ophir. ..for their costliness; for as we owe our redemption, so we owe our adorning, not to corruptible things, but to the precious blood of the Son of God." (Matthew Henry) 

"If we apply it to Solomon's marriage to the daughter of the king of Egypt, it may signify no more than the princesses and ladies of honour, who accompanied her to the Israelitish court.  Applied to Christ, it may signify that the gospel, though preached particularly to the poor, became also the means of salvation to many of the kings, queens, and nobles of the earth.  ..Whole nations shall be converted to the Christian faith: and the queen the Christian church, shall be most elegantly adorned with all the graces and good works which at once constitute and adorn the Christian character." (Adam Clarke)

I know I chose my bridesmaids as those related by blood, my sister, and then my closest friends.  This is the picture of the Gospel , the call to a joyful marriage, first to the family, then to friends not related by blood, but to the "whosoever believeth."  I like the slogan, "I am the whosoever."

"At Thy right hand stands the queen
in gold from Ophir."
This is the bride, the Lamb's wife, whose graces, which are her ornaments, are compared to fine linen, clean and white..."Her name , title, and dignity, a queen.  By her place, She stood...the place of confidence and respect.  By her attire, she stood in a vesture of gold."

"Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.  And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."
 (Rev. 19:7-8)

"Listen, O daughter,
give attention and incline your ear;
Forget your people and your father's house;
Then the King will desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord,
bow down to Him."
(verse 10-11)
As to the daughter of the king of Egypt, "Thou art now become the spouse of the most magnificent monarch in the universe.  To thee he must be your all in all:--forget, therefore, thy people the Egyptians...forget thy father's house: thou art united to a new family...Leave thy old way, old opinions, and old companions." (Adam Clarke)  What a magnificent turn around.  Here the people who had enslaved the Hebrew children, whom Moses--raised in Pharoah's palace--was chosen to lead out of Egypt, now bring their daughter to marry the king of Israel.  We too were from the country of captivity, are now brought to the king as a foreigner.  So we must unite in every way with a new allegiance. 

"Listen...incline thy ear, that is, submit to those conditions of thy espousals, and bring thy will to comply with them. 
1.  She must renounce all others...How necessary it was for those who were converted from Judaism or paganism to the faith of Christ wholly to cast out the old leaven."
2.  How necessary it is for us all, when we give our names to Jesus Christ, to hate...all that is dear to us in this world, in comparison, that is, to love them less than Christ." (Matthew Henry)
"Then the King will desire your beauty."
"greatly desire your beauty.(KJV)
"Thou wilt be, in all respects, pleasing  to Him."

The beauty of holiness, both on the church and on particular believers, is in the sight of Christ of great price." (Matthew Henry)  Of course we want to be a beautiful bride of Christ, most desirable by our groom.  He will not be tricked or fooled and go into the wrong tent as the story goes in the Old Testament.  He will know us, His beloved. 

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (in holy array.)"
Psalm 29:2 & I Chronicles 16:29)

"...for He is Thy Lord; and worship Thou Him."
(verse 11)
"She must reverence him, must love, honour, and obey him."
  (Matthew Henry)
"...submit reverently and affectionately to all His commands."
"If beautified in the graces of His Spirit,
Christ will delight in them
and take them as His peculiar people."
(Adam Clarke)

"The King's daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
She will be led to the King
in embroidered work...
They will be led forth with gladness and rejoicing;
They will enter into the King's palace."
(verses 13-15)


"For her inward virtues and endearments.  is all glorious within...For her externals; whether doctrine, morals, offices, which are as it were, her clothing.  It is wrought of gold.
For her rites and ceremonies,--they are a needlework of divers colours, in divers churches.  Her maids of honour, virgins; holy and sincere souls.  Believers pure in heart,  life, and doctrine, living in every particular church.  They shall be brought with joy and gladness."
(Adam Clarke)

"The glory of the church is spiritual glory, and that is indeed all glory; it is the glory of the soul...
and it is an earnest of eternal glory."
(Matthew Henry)

"Spiritually, the king's daughter, may mean the Christian church
 filled with the mind that was in Christ,
and adorned with the graces of the Holy Spirit;
while the whole of its outward conduct is pure and holy,
ornamented with the works of faith and love,
and always bringing forth the fruits of the Spirit."
(Adam Clarke)

"She shall be brought unto the king."
"The Christian church shall be brought to the King eternal in the great day,
adorned with the graces of the divine Spirit;
and thus shall all the redeemed of the lord
enter into the king's palace,--
into the everlasting joy of their Lord."

"In place of your fathers will be your sons;
You shall make them princes in all the earth.
I will cause Thy name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the peoples will give Thee thanks forever and ever."
(verses 15-17)

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes pushing the baby carriage.
This week our soon to be five grandson was naughty.  Whenever he is corrected by his mother, he tries each time to come up with the meanest thing he can think of to say to her in retort.  This time he said, "I'm not going to have kids and you'll never be a grandma!"  Hmm.  I hope that means he has realized how precious grandkids are to grandmas.  As the mother of many grandchildren, I can say that though they may wear me out, I could not do without them.  As my husband's grandmother of a large number of children said, "I don't know which one I could do without."

God wants offspring, fruitfulness.  "The progeny of this marriage shall be illustrious." (verse 16).  Well, as much as we might think our children and grandchildren are illustrious, how much more will they shine in eternity.  This does not necessarily mean offspring of our flesh.  The Gospel is clear in this message.  Some have prodigious spiritual offspring.  I think of a dear friend who gave many years of her life to a pro-life ministry.  Just think of those precious ones who will greet her in heaven!  


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