By Brooke Holt
“Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house, and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him. The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people. All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold. In many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her. With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.” Psalm 45:10-15
Royal weddings have quite the appeal! In 2018, when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, six hundred (600) people attended the wedding in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle while another 1.9 billion people watched it from afar. If you love royal weddings, then allow Psalm 45 to captivate you today.
Even if you are not a royal wedding person, you are invited to embrace this Messianic psalm. Your invitation to attend this royal wedding makes it even more exciting. In fact, you are the main attraction – the bride waiting for your groom (yes, even you males). As the bride, the king has chosen you. He has set his love upon you. He finds you beautiful in every way, and he longs for you. How do you respond to this kind of love?
To fully open yourself to this divine love, the words of the psalm today say you must forget your past. Embracing your new identity as royalty means your family of origin cannot define you anymore; your past mistakes and regrets may not hinder you anymore; neither can your shame, guilt, and “what if’s”. You have only one way to look now straight into your king’s eyes of love. Reflected there you see your identity – an identity of being loved, chosen, wanted, purified, healed, and whole.
Is this how you see yourself? If not, the King would like to change your perspective today. Psalm 45, called a Messianic psalm, means it points to Jesus Christ, the Messiah. He has come to fulfill the Davidic covenant and to sit on the throne in heaven and on earth for eternity. As the King of all kings, he has chosen his bride, and that bride is you. You are royalty through your relationship with Jesus and wear the robes of righteousness he has given you. In him, you are glorious in every way!
Everyone has gathered to celebrate your divine marriage. You are decked in all your glory, and the King stands waiting for you. Will you embrace the lover of your soul? Will you let go of the things that hold you back from living in an intimate relationship with him today? And will you allow him to cover you in his love so all the world may see that you are royalty?
Are you living as the beloved bride of Christ? Have your forgotten your former ways and identities that you may live free. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Follow the ancient way of the Psalms and find the life God has for you. A model for vibrant worship, the Psalms provide practical wisdom to traverse the circuitous path of life with trust and hope. Pilgrim’s Path: A Study of the Psalms traces our spiritual walk with God—from discovery and delight, through doubt and disappointment, into joyful confidence. Whether used for individual or group study, Pilgrim’s Path is for everyone who seeks to know and love God more and find life in him.
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