Here Comes the Groom!
I praise You, Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth. Reveal to me fresh insights from Your Word as I read it now.
Read Psalm 45:1-17
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Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your name forever and ever” (Psa. 145:1). We must never forget to praise our God and King.
Weddings are always special. They are long-anticipated by the couple, their families and friends. They are usually prepared with special extravagance and ceremony. They are times of deep emotion and joyful expectation. The marriage of a king is grander and more public than most!
This psalm is a wedding song for a great king and his bride. The majesty and power of the king are evident, as are the beauty and joyfulness of the bride. This beautiful song, composed by temple musicians, would have enhanced the marriage ceremony of one or more Davidic kings, but its imagery has application beyond its historical roots. This king is the representative of God himself, who reigns forever with truth, humility, justice and righteousness in a way no human king could ever do. The song anticipates the New Testament image of Jesus as bridegroom and the church as his bride. The one who belongs in “palaces adorned with ivory” (8) will one day welcome his beloved with great joy and gladness (Rev. 19:7-9).
All four Gospels used the bridegroom image of Jesus in the early days of his ministry. John the Baptist spoke of himself as the friend of the bridegroom, joyfully awaiting the arrival of the groom to secure his bride (John 3:29). Jesus, answering a question on fasting, foreshadowed a time when the bridegroom would leave his guests to mourn without him (Matt. 9:14,15; Mark 2:19,20; Luke 5:33-35). Particularly relevant is the warning in the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids that we need to stay awake, prepared and ready for the bridegroom when he arrives (Matt. 25:5,6,10). Only then will we, as Charles Wesley wrote, be “changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place, till we cast our crowns before [him], lost in wonder, love and praise.”
Taking vs. 2-7 as applying to Jesus, which royal qualities about him mean the most to you now? Why? Thank him for the insights you receive.
Lord Jesus, as part of the Church, I wait for You. Come to me anew today; grant me the anticipation I need as I wait for You to come again.
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