4. To Prepare the Bride as the Counterpart of the Bridegroom (2) Praising Christ as the King in Himself, in the Church as His Queen, and in All His Sons, the Overcomers as the Princes
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EM  Hymns: 132
Scripture Reading: Eph. 5:25-27; Psa. 45:1-17
Eph 5:25        Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
Eph 5:26        That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
Psa 45:1        My heart overflows with a good matter; / I speak what I have composed concerning the King. / My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Psa 45:2        You are fairer than the sons of men; / Grace is poured upon Your lips; / Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Psa 45:3        Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, / In Your majesty and Your splendor.
Psa 45:4        And in Your splendor ride on victoriously / Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; / And let Your right hand teach You awesome deeds.
Psa 45:5        Your arrows are sharp: / The peoples fall under You; / The arrows are in the heart of the King's enemies.
Psa 45:6        Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; / The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Psa 45:7        You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; / Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You / With the oil of gladness above Your companions.
Psa 45:8        All Your garments smell of myrrh and aloes, of cassia; / From palaces of ivory, harpstrings have made You glad.
Psa 45:9        The daughters of kings are among Your most prized; / The queen stands at Your right hand in the gold of Ophir.
Psa 45:10      Hear, O daughter, and see; and incline your ear; / And forget your people and your father's house;
Psa 45:11      Thus the King will desire your beauty. / Because He is your Lord, / Worship Him.
Psa 45:12      And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; / The rich among the people will entreat your favor.
Psa 45:13      The king's daughter is all glorious within the royal abode; / Her garment is a woven work inwrought with gold.
Psa 45:14      She will be led to the King in embroidered clothing; / The virgins behind her, her companions, / Will be brought to You.
Psa 45:15      They will be led with rejoicing and exultation; / They will enter the King's palace.
Psa 45:16      In the place of Your fathers will be Your sons; / You will make them princes in all the earth.
Psa 45:17      I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; / Therefore the peoples will praise You forever and ever.
 
  I.     The entire Bible is a divine romance, a record of how God courts His chosen people and eventually marries them—Gen. 2:21-24; S. S. 1:2-4; Isa. 54:5; 62:5; Jer. 2:2; 3:1, 14; 31:3, 32; Ezek. 16:8; 23:5; Hosea 2:7, 19; Matt. 9:15; John 3:29; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:7; 21:2, 9-10; 22:17:
Gen 2:21        And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.
Gen 2:22        And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.
Gen 2:23        And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.
Gen 2:24        Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
S.S. 1:2         Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! / For your love is better than wine.
S.S. 1:3         Your anointing oils have a pleasant fragrance; / Your name is like ointment poured forth; / Therefore the virgins love you.
S.S. 1:4         Draw me; we will run after you - The king has brought me into his chambers - / We will be glad and rejoice in you; / We will extol your love more than wine. / Rightly do they love you.
Isa 54:5         For your Maker is your Husband; / Jehovah of hosts is His name. / And the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; / He is called the God of all the earth.
Isa 62:5         For as a young man marries a virgin, / Your sons will marry you; / And with the joy of the bridegroom over the bride / Your God will rejoice over you.
Jer 2:2           Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says Jehovah: / I remember concerning you the kindness of your youth, / The love of your bridal days, / When you followed after Me in the wilderness, / In a land that was not sown.
Jer 3:1           It is said, / If a man divorces his wife / And she goes from him / And becomes another man's wife, / Will he return to her again? / Will not that land be / Utterly polluted? / But you have committed fornication with many lovers. / Yet return to Me, declares Jehovah.
Jer 3:14         Return, O apostate children, declares Jehovah, for I am a Husband to you; and I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and will bring you to Zion.
Jer 31:3         Jehovah appeared to me from afar, saying, / Indeed I have loved you with an eternal love, / Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
Jer 31:32        Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by their hand to bring them out from the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was their Husband, declares Jehovah.
Ezek 16:8       Then I passed by you and saw you; and then was your time a time of love. And I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness; indeed I swore unto you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord Jehovah, and you became Mine.
Ezek 23:5       And Oholah committed fornication instead of remaining with Me, and she lusted after her lovers, after the Assyrians, who were close to her,
Hosea 2:7      And she will pursue her lovers / But will not overtake them; / And she will seek them but not find them; / And she will say, I will go / And return to my first husband, / For it was better for me then than now.
Hosea 2:19    And I will betroth you to Myself forever; / Indeed I will betroth you to Myself / In righteousness and justice / And in lovingkindness and compassions;
Matt 9:15       And Jesus said to them, The sons of the bridechamber cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
John 3:29       He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
2 Cor 11:2      For I am jealous over you with a jealousy of God; for I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
Eph 5:25        Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
Eph 5:26        That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:9        And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev 22:17      And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely.
A.     The Lord’s recovery is for the fulfillment of Matthew 16:18 and Revelation 19:7-8—the building up of Christ’s church and the preparation of Christ’s bride.
Matt 16:18      And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
B.     When we as God’s people enter into a love relationship with God, we receive His life, just as Eve received the life of Adam—Gen. 2:21-22.
Gen 2:21        And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.
Gen 2:22        And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.
C.     It is this life that enables us to become one with God and makes Him one with us.
D.     We keep the law, not by exercising our mind and will (cf. Rom. 7:18-25) but by loving the Lord as our Husband and thereby partaking of His life and nature to become one with Him as His enlargement and expression to be the living portrait of God.
Rom 7:18       For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but to work out the good is not.
Rom 7:19       For I do not do the good which I will; but the evil which I do not will, this I practice.
Rom 7:20       But if what I do not will, this I do, it is no longer I that work it out but sin that dwells in me.
Rom 7:21       I find then the law with me who wills to do the good, that is, the evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22       For I delight in the law of God according to the inner man,
Rom 7:23       But I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and making me a captive to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24       Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25       Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh, the law of sin.
E.      We are not letter-keepers of the law but loving seekers of God; we love Christ as our Redeemer, as the life-giving Spirit, and as our Bridegroom—Psa. 119:58; Eph. 5:25-27.
Psa 119:58     I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; / Be gracious to me according to Your word.
Eph 5:25        Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
Eph 5:26        That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
F.      In order for God and His people to be one, there must be a mutual love between them— John 14:21, 23.
John 14:21     He who has My commandments and keeps them, he is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.
John 14:23     Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
G.     The love between God and His people unfolded in the Bible is primarily like the affectionate love between a man and a woman—Jer. 2:2; 31:3.
Jer 2:2           Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says Jehovah: / I remember concerning you the kindness of your youth, / The love of your bridal days, / When you followed after Me in the wilderness, / In a land that was not sown.
Jer 31:3         Jehovah appeared to me from afar, saying, / Indeed I have loved you with an eternal love, / Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
H.     As God’s people love God and spend time to fellowship with Him in His word, God infuses them with His divine element, making them one with Him as His spouse, the same as He is in life, nature, and expression—cf. Gen. 2:18-25.
Gen 2:18        And Jehovah God said, It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper as his counterpart.
Gen 2:19        Now Jehovah God had formed from the ground every animal of the field and every bird of heaven. And He brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called any living animal, that was its name.
Gen 2:20        And the man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of heaven and to every animal of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper as his counterpart.
Gen 2:21        And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.
Gen 2:22        And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.
Gen 2:23        And the man said, This time this is bone of my bones / And flesh of my flesh; / This one shall be called Woman / Because out of Man this one was taken.
Gen 2:24        Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Gen 2:25        And both the man and his wife were naked and were not ashamed before each other.
 
 
  II.   Psalm 45, the highest and greatest of all the psalms, is one of the psalms of the sons of Korah, a song of love according to the melody of “lilies”; it praises Christ as the King in Himself, in the church as His queen, and in the overcomers as His princes:
Psa 45:1        My heart overflows with a good matter; / I speak what I have composed concerning the King. / My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Psa 45:2        You are fairer than the sons of men; / Grace is poured upon Your lips; / Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Psa 45:3        Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, / In Your majesty and Your splendor.
Psa 45:4        And in Your splendor ride on victoriously / Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; / And let Your right hand teach You awesome deeds.
Psa 45:5        Your arrows are sharp: / The peoples fall under You; / The arrows are in the heart of the King's enemies.
Psa 45:6        Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; / The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Psa 45:7        You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; / Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You / With the oil of gladness above Your companions.
Psa 45:8        All Your garments smell of myrrh and aloes, of cassia; / From palaces of ivory, harpstrings have made You glad.
Psa 45:9        The daughters of kings are among Your most prized; / The queen stands at Your right hand in the gold of Ophir.
Psa 45:10      Hear, O daughter, and see; and incline your ear; / And forget your people and your father's house;
Psa 45:11      Thus the King will desire your beauty. / Because He is your Lord, / Worship Him.
Psa 45:12      And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; / The rich among the people will entreat your favor.
Psa 45:13      The king's daughter is all glorious within the royal abode; / Her garment is a woven work inwrought with gold.
Psa 45:14      She will be led to the King in embroidered clothing; / The virgins behind her, her companions, / Will be brought to You.
Psa 45:15      They will be led with rejoicing and exultation; / They will enter the King's palace.
Psa 45:16      In the place of Your fathers will be Your sons; / You will make them princes in all the earth.
Psa 45:17      I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; / Therefore the peoples will praise You forever and ever.
A.     The great work of God is to restore the desolated building of God and to recover “the sons of Korah” by transforming rebellious ones, through His unlimited mercy and grace, into Christ’s overcomers to make them the constituents of His bride, His overcoming queen— Num. 16:1-3; Psa. 106:16; 26:11; ch. 42, title; 1 Chron. 6:33-37; Psa. 88, title; Rev. 19:7-9.
Num 16:1       Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, the sons of Reuben, took men
Num 16:2       And rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred fifty leaders of the assembly, who were summoned to the meeting, well-known men.
Num 16:3       And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take too much upon yourselves, for all the assembly are holy, every one of them, and Jehovah is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah?
Psa 106:16     And they were jealous of Moses in the camp / And of Aaron, the holy one of Jehovah.
Psa 26:11      But as for me, I walk in my integrity; / Redeem me and be gracious to me.
Psa 42 title     To the choir director. A Maschil of the sons of Korah
1 Chron 6:33  And these are they who attended and their sons: Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel,
1 Chron 6:34  The son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,
1 Chron 6:35  The son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,
1 Chron 6:36  The son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,
1 Chron 6:37  The son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,
Psa 88 title     A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah. To the choir director: according to mahalath leannoth. A Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
B.     If we are those who affectionately love the Lord, we eventually become His love, His favorite—S. S. 1:1-4, 14-15; 2:4.
S.S. 1:1         The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's.
S.S. 1:2         Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! / For your love is better than wine.
S.S. 1:3         Your anointing oils have a pleasant fragrance; / Your name is like ointment poured forth; / Therefore the virgins love you.
S.S. 1:4         Draw me; we will run after you - The king has brought me into his chambers - / We will be glad and rejoice in you; / We will extol your love more than wine. / Rightly do they love you.
S.S. 1:14        My beloved is to me a cluster of henna flowers / In the vineyards of En-gedi.
S.S. 1:15        Oh, you are beautiful, my love! / Oh, you are beautiful! Your eyes are like doves.
S.S. 2:4         He brought me into the banqueting house, / And his banner over me was love.
C.     A lily denotes a pure, simple, single life of trusting in God—vv. 1-2; Matt. 6:28-29; cf. 1 Kings 7:17-19.
S.S. 2:1         I am a rose of Sharon, / A lily of the valleys.
S.S. 2:2         As a lily among thorns, / So is my love among the daughters.
Matt 6:28       And why are you anxious concerning clothing? Consider well the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not toil, neither do they spin thread.
Matt 6:29       But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.
1 Kings 7:17   There were nets of checker work with wreaths of chain work for the capitals that were at the top of the pillars, seven for the one capital, and seven for the second capital.
1 Kings 7:18   So he made the pillars; and there were two rows of pomegranates around the one network, to cover the capitals that were at the top of the pomegranates. And he did the same for the second capital.
1 Kings 7:19   And the capitals that were at the top of the pillars in the portico were of lily work, four cubits in diameter.
D.     If we have an affectionate love for the Lord Jesus, our tongue will be the pen of a ready writer, ready to write our love for Him and our praise to Him with our experience and enjoyment of Him according to all that He is in His full ministry—Psa. 45:1; cf. Matt. 12:34b; 2 Cor. 3:3, 6; Isa. 6:5-7.
Psa 45:1        My heart overflows with a good matter; / I speak what I have composed concerning the King. / My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Matt 12:34b    … For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
2 Cor 3:3        Since you are being manifested that you are a letter of Christ ministered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone but in tablets of hearts of flesh.
2 Cor 3:6        Who has also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Isa 6:5           Then I said, Woe is me, for I am finished! / For I am a man of unclean lips, / And in the midst of a people of unclean lips I dwell; / Yet my eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.
Isa 6:6           Then one of the seraphim flew to me with an ember in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
Isa 6:7           And he touched my mouth with it and said, Now that this has touched your lips, / Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is purged.
E.      Psalm 45 praises Christ the King as unveiled in the four Gospels—Psa. 45:1-8; Matt. 1:1:
Psa 45:1        My heart overflows with a good matter; / I speak what I have composed concerning the King. / My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Psa 45:2        You are fairer than the sons of men; / Grace is poured upon Your lips; / Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Psa 45:3        Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, / In Your majesty and Your splendor.
Psa 45:4        And in Your splendor ride on victoriously / Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; / And let Your right hand teach You awesome deeds.
Psa 45:5        Your arrows are sharp: / The peoples fall under You; / The arrows are in the heart of the King's enemies.
Psa 45:6        Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; / The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Psa 45:7        You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; / Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You / With the oil of gladness above Your companions.
Psa 45:8        All Your garments smell of myrrh and aloes, of cassia; / From palaces of ivory, harpstrings have made You glad.
Matt 1:1         The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
1.      The psalmist praises Christ the King in His fairness; Christ is fairer than the sons of men—Psa. 45:1-2; cf. 27:4; S. S. 5:9-16:
Psa 45:1        My heart overflows with a good matter; / I speak what I have composed concerning the King. / My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Psa 45:2        You are fairer than the sons of men; / Grace is poured upon Your lips; / Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Psa 27:4        One thing I have asked from Jehovah; / That do I seek: / To dwell in the house of Jehovah / All the days of my life, / To behold the beauty of Jehovah, / And to inquire in His temple.
S.S. 5:9         What is your beloved more than some other's beloved, / O you most beautiful among women? / What is your beloved more than some other's beloved, / That you adjure us so?
S.S. 5:10        My beloved is dazzling white yet ruddy, / Distinguished among ten thousand.
S.S. 5:11        His head is the finest gold; / His locks are wavy, / As black as a raven.
S.S. 5:12        His eyes are like doves / Beside the streams of water, / Bathed in milk, / Fitly set.
S.S. 5:13        His cheeks are like a bed of spices, / Mounds of sweetly fragrant herbs; / His lips are lilies, / Dripping with liquid myrrh.
S.S. 5:14        His hands are tubes of gold, / Set with beryl; / His belly is an ivory work, / Overlaid with sapphires.
S.S. 5:15        His legs are pillars of white marble, / Set upon bases of gold; / His appearance is like Lebanon, / As excellent as the cedars.
S.S. 5:16        His mouth is sweetness itself, / And he is altogether desirable. / This is my beloved, and this is my friend, / O daughters of Jerusalem.
a.      Grace is poured upon Christ’s lips—Luke 4:17-22; cf. Eph. 4:29-30.
Luke 4:17       And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:18       "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to announce the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away in release those who are oppressed,
Luke 4:19       To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, the year of jubilee."
Luke 4:20       And when He rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant, He sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
Luke 4:21       And He began to say to them, Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.
Luke 4:22       And all bore witness to Him and marveled at the words of grace proceeding out of His mouth, and they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
Eph 4:29        Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for building up, according to the need, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Eph 4:30        And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed unto the day of redemption.
b.      Because the man Jesus is fair, sweet, and full of grace, God has been moved to bless Him forever—Rom. 9:5.
Rom 9:5         Whose are the fathers, and out of whom, as regards what is according to flesh, is the Christ, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
2.      The psalmist praises Christ the King in His victory—Psa. 45:3-5:
Psa 45:3        Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, / In Your majesty and Your splendor.
Psa 45:4        And in Your splendor ride on victoriously / Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; / And let Your right hand teach You awesome deeds.
Psa 45:5        Your arrows are sharp: / The peoples fall under You; / The arrows are in the heart of the King's enemies.
a.      In the eyes of Satan and his fallen angels, Christ is the mighty One who has girded His sword upon His thigh, the One with majesty and splendor as signs of His victory—v. 3.
Psa 45:3        Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, / In Your majesty and Your splendor.
b.      In His splendor Christ rides on victoriously because of truth, meekness, and righteousness; regardless of what the situation is on earth, regardless of what the nations are doing, Christ is riding on triumphantly, prosperously; from the day of His ascension, He began to ride on, and He will continue to ride until He comes back in victory—v. 4a; Acts 5:31; Rev. 6:1-2; 19:11-16.
Psa 45:4a      And in Your splendor ride on victoriously / Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; …
Acts 5:31       This One God has exalted to His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Rev 6:1          And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying like the sound of thunder, Come.
Rev 6:2          And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he who sits on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer.
Rev 19:11      And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Rev 19:12      And His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written which no one knows but Himself.
Rev 19:13      And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.
Rev 19:14      And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15      And out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, that with it He might smite the nations; and He will shepherd them with an iron rod; and He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
Rev 19:16      And He has on His garment and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
c.      His right hand performs awesome deeds; Christ’s awesome deeds include His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension; everything that the Lord Jesus does, whether great or small, is awesome—Psa. 45:4b.
Psa 45:4b      … And let Your right hand teach You awesome deeds.
d.      His arrows are sharp in the heart of His enemies, and the peoples fall under Him—v. 5; cf. Rev. 6:2.
Psa 45:5        Your arrows are sharp: / The peoples fall under You; / The arrows are in the heart of the King's enemies.
Rev 6:2          And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he who sits on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer.
3.      The psalmist praises Christ the King in His kingdom—Psa. 45:6-7:
Psa 45:6        Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; / The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Psa 45:7        You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; / Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You / With the oil of gladness above Your companions.
a.      As God, Christ’s throne is forever and ever, and the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of His kingdom—v. 6; Heb. 1:8.
Psa 45:6        Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; / The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Heb 1:8          But of the Son, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
b.      As the King, Christ has loved righteousness and hated wickedness, and God the Father has anointed Christ with the oil of gladness above His companions—Psa. 45:7; Heb. 1:9.
Psa 45:7        You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; / Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You / With the oil of gladness above Your companions.
Heb 1:9          You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy above Your partners";
4.      The psalmist praises Christ the King in the sweetness of His virtues—Psa. 45:8; cf. 1 Pet. 2:9:
Psa 45:8        All Your garments smell of myrrh and aloes, of cassia; / From palaces of ivory, harpstrings have made You glad.
1 Pet 2:9        But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people acquired for a possession, so that you may tell out the virtues of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
a.      All His garments smell of myrrh and aloes and of cassia—Psa. 45:8a:
(1)     Garments signify Christ’s deeds and virtues, myrrh and aloes signify the sweetness of His death, and cassia signifies the fragrance and repelling power of Christ’s resurrection.
(2)     The way to experience Christ in His crucifixion by the power of His resurrection is by the Spirit Himself, who is in our spirit—cf. S. S. 2:8-14; Rom. 8:16; Phil. 3:10.
S.S. 2:8         The voice of my beloved! Now he comes, / Leaping upon the mountains, / Skipping upon the hills.
S.S. 2:9         My beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart. / Now he stands behind our wall; / He is looking through the windows, / He is glancing through the lattice.
S.S. 2:10        My beloved responds and says to me, / Rise up, my love, / My beauty, and come away;
S.S. 2:11        For now the winter is past; / The rain is over and gone.
S.S. 2:12        Flowers appear on the earth; / The time of singing has come, / And the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
S.S. 2:13        The fig tree has ripened its figs, / And the vines are in blossom - they give forth their fragrance. / Rise up, my love, / My beauty, and come away.
S.S. 2:14        My dove, in the clefts of the rock, / In the covert of the precipice, Let me see your countenance, / Let me hear your voice; / For your voice is sweet, / And your countenance is lovely.
Rom 8:16       The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Phil 3:10        To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
b.      From palaces of ivory, harpstrings have made Him glad—Psa. 45:8b:
(1)     Palaces signify the local churches, ivory signifies the resurrection life of Christ (John 19:36; cf. S. S. 7:4; 4:4; 1 Kings 10:18), and harpstrings signify praises.
John 19:36      For these things happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled: "No bone of His shall be broken."
John 7:4          For no one does anything in secret and himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, manifest Yourself to the world.
John 4:4          And He had to pass through Samaria.
1 Kings 10:18   And the king made a large ivory throne and overlaid it with the finest gold.
 (2)   The local churches are beautiful in the eyes of the Lord and are His expression, and they are built with the resurrection life of Christ; from the local churches come the praises that make Him glad.
F.      Psalm 45 praises Christ the King in praising the queen, the church, His wife, as revealed in the Epistles—Psa. 45:9-15:
Psa 45           be omitted.
Psa 45:9        The daughters of kings are among Your most prized; / The queen stands at Your right hand in the gold of Ophir.
Psa 45:10      Hear, O daughter, and see; and incline your ear; / And forget your people and your father's house;
Psa 45:11      Thus the King will desire your beauty. / Because He is your Lord, / Worship Him.
Psa 45:12      And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; / The rich among the people will entreat your favor.
Psa 45:13      The king's daughter is all glorious within the royal abode; / Her garment is a woven work inwrought with gold.
Psa 45:14      She will be led to the King in embroidered clothing; / The virgins behind her, her companions, / Will be brought to You.
Psa 45:15      They will be led with rejoicing and exultation; / They will enter the King's palace.
1.      The queen typifies the church, especially the overcomers, as the unique wife of Christ, and the honorable women around the queen signify Christ’s overcoming guests; this indicates that the bride of Christ is actually a group of overcomers—vv. 9-10:
Psa 45:9        The daughters of kings are among Your most prized; / The queen stands at Your right hand in the gold of Ophir.
Psa 45:10      Hear, O daughter, and see; and incline your ear; / And forget your people and your father's house;
a.      The daughters of kings signify the believers of Christ in their royalty.
b.      The king’s most prized women signify the believers of Christ in their honor and majesty.
c.      The more we hear the Spirit’s living, up-to-date speaking and forget the past, the more beautiful we become in Christ’s eyes—vv. 10-11.
Psa 45:10      Hear, O daughter, and see; and incline your ear; / And forget your people and your father's house;
Psa 45:11      Thus the King will desire your beauty. / Because He is your Lord, / Worship Him.
2.      The king desires the queen’s beauty; the queen’s beauty signifies the virtues of Christ expressed through the church—v. 11:
Psa 45:11      Thus the King will desire your beauty. / Because He is your Lord, / Worship Him.
a.      In verse 1 Christ is the King, in verse 2 He is a man, in verse 6 He is God, and in verse 11 He is the Lord.
Psa 45:1        My heart overflows with a good matter; / I speak what I have composed concerning the King. / My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Psa 45:2        You are fairer than the sons of men; / Grace is poured upon Your lips; / Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Psa 45:6        Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; / The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Psa 45:11      Thus the King will desire your beauty. / Because He is your Lord, / Worship Him.
b.      Christ is worthy not only of the church’s love but also of her worship.
3.      In Psalm 45 the queen has two garments:
Psa 45           be omitted.
a.      The first garment is the gold of Ophir, the woven work inwrought with gold—vv. 9b, 13b:
Psa 45:9        The daughters of kings are among Your most prized; / The queen stands at Your right hand in the gold of Ophir.
Psa 45:13b    … Her garment is a woven work inwrought with gold.
(1)     This garment corresponds to Christ as our objective righteousness, which is for our salvation—Luke 15:22; 1 Cor. 1:30; Isa. 61:10.
Luke 15:22     But the father said to his slaves, Bring out quickly the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
1 Cor 1:30      But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Isa 61:10        I will rejoice greatly in Jehovah, / My soul will exult in my God; / For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, / He has wrapped me with the robe of righteousness; / I am like a bridegroom who wears the headdress of the priest, / And like a bride who adorns herself with her jewels.
(2)     The queen’s being covered with gold signifies the church’s appearing in the divine nature—Psa. 45:9b.
Psa 45:9b      … The queen stands at Your right hand in the gold of Ophir.
(3)     The garment of woven work inwrought with gold signifies that the Christ who has been dealt with through death and resurrection is the righteousness of the church to meet the righteous requirement of God for her to be justified before God—Gal. 2:16; Rom. 3:26.
Gal 2:16         And knowing that a man is not justified out of works of law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, we also have believed into Christ Jesus that we might be justified out of faith in Christ and not out of the works of law, because out of the works of law no flesh will be justified.
Rom 3:26       With a view to the demonstrating of His righteousness in the present time, so that He might be righteous and the One who justifies him who is of the faith of Jesus.
b.      The second garment is the embroidered clothing—Psa. 45:14a:
Psa 45:14a     She will be led to the King in embroidered clothing; …
(1)     This garment corresponds to Christ “embroidered” into us by the transforming work of the Spirit and lived out of us as our subjective righteousnesses, which are for our victory—Rev. 19:8.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
(2)     As our subjective righteousnesses, Christ is the One dwelling in us to live for us a life that is always acceptable to God—Phil. 3:9; Matt. 5:6, 20; Rom. 8:4; cf. Psa. 23:3.
Phil 3:9          And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is out of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is out of God and based on faith,
Matt 5:6         Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Matt 5:20       For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
Rom 8:4         That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.
Psa 23:3        He restores my soul; He guides me on the paths of righteousness / For His name's sake.
 (3)   The garment of embroidered clothing signifies that the church will be led to Christ at their marriage, clothed with the righteousnesses of the saints to meet the requirement of Christ for their marriage—Rev. 19:8; cf. Matt. 22:11-14.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Matt 22:11      But when the king came in to look at those reclining at table, he saw there a man who was not clothed with a wedding garment,
Matt 22:12      And he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Matt 22:13      Then the king said to the servants, Bind his feet and hands, and cast him out into the outer darkness. In that place there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
Matt 22:14      For many are called but few are chosen.
4.      The king’s daughter is all glorious within the royal abode, and the virgins will enter the King’s palace—Psa. 45:13a, 14-15:
Psa 45:13a     The king's daughter is all glorious within the royal abode; …
Psa 45:14      She will be led to the King in embroidered clothing; / The virgins behind her, her companions, / Will be brought to You.
Psa 45:15      They will be led with rejoicing and exultation; / They will enter the King's palace.
a.      The king’s daughter is the queen, signifying the church, and her being all glorious within the royal abode signifies the glorious church taking Christ as her royal abode—v. 13a; John 15:4a.
Psa 45:13a     The king's daughter is all glorious within the royal abode…
John 15:4a     Abide in Me and I in you. …
b.      We take Christ as our abode, we become His abode, and this mutual abode eventually becomes the palace, which signifies the New Jerusalem—14:23; 15:5; Psa. 45:15b; Rev. 21:3, 22.
John 14:23     Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
John 15:5       I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Psa 45:15b    … They will enter the King's palace.
Rev 21:3        And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:22      And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
G.     Psalm 45 praises Christ the King in praising His sons, the overcomers as the princes, as seen in Revelation—Psa. 45:16-17:
Psa 45:16      In the place of Your fathers will be Your sons; / You will make them princes in all the earth.
Psa 45:17      I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; / Therefore the peoples will praise You forever and ever.
1.      “In the place of Your fathers will be Your sons; / You will make them princes in all the earth”—v. 16:
a.      Here fathers signifies Christ’s forefathers in the flesh, sons signifies the overcomers of Christ as His descendants, and princes signifies the overcomers of Christ as His co-kings, who will reign with Christ over the nations—Rev. 2:26-27; 20:4, 6.
Rev 2:26        And he who overcomes and he who keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations;
Rev 2:27        And he will shepherd them with an iron rod, as vessels of pottery are broken in pieces, as I also have received from My Father;
Rev 20:4        And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and of those who had not worshipped the beast nor his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Rev 20:6        Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
b.      Only Christ the King reigning on the earth with the overcomers as His helpers in the kingship can solve the problems of today’s world—Isa. 42:1-4; Hag. 2:7a.
Isa 42:1         Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, / My chosen One in whom My soul delights; / I have put My Spirit upon Him, / And He will bring forth justice to the nations.
Isa 42:2         He will not cry out, nor lift up His voice, / Nor make His voice heard in the street.
Isa 42:3         A bruised reed He will not break; / And a dimly burning flax He will not extinguish; / He will bring forth justice in truth.
Isa 42:4         He will not faint, nor will He be discouraged, / Until He has established justice in the earth; / And the coastlands will wait for His instruction.
Hag 2:7a        And I will shake all the nations, and the Desire of all the nations will come;…
2.      Christ’s name will be remembered in all generations through the overcoming saints, and Christ will be praised by the nations through His overcoming and co-reigning saints—Psa. 45:17; cf. Rev. 12:11; Isa. 12:1-6.
Psa 45:17      I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; / Therefore the peoples will praise You forever and ever.
Rev 12:11      And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they loved not their soul-life even unto death.
Isa 12:1         And you will say in that day, / I will praise You, O Jehovah. You were angry with me, / But Your anger has turned and You have consoled me.
Isa 12:2         God is now my salvation; / I will trust and not dread; / For Jah Jehovah is my strength and song, / And He has become my salvation.
Isa 12:3         Therefore you will draw water with rejoicing / From the springs of salvation,
Isa 12:4         And you will say in that day, / Give thanks to Jehovah; call upon His name! / Make His deeds known among the peoples; / Remind them that His name is exalted.
Isa 12:5         Sing psalms to Jehovah, for He has done something majestic! / Let it be made known in all the earth!
Isa 12:6         Cry out and give a ringing shout, O inhabitant of Zion, / For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
 
 
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