Psalm 45 is a wedding song, composed for the marriage of a king from David’s line.
According to notes in the ESV Study Bible, “the line of David was the appointed channel through which God would bless his people and carry out his mission to the whole world.”
When David was made king of God’s people, God gave David a promise through the prophet Nathan.
The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.
Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever. (1 Samuel 7:11-12, 16)
Jeremiah prophesied that the Messiah would come from David’s family.
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23:5-6 ESV)
Because of God’s promise to use the kings of David’s line to bless His people and to raise up the Messiah from David’s family, the people of Israel cared deeply about their king’s welfare.
Psalm 45 addresses one of their kings on the occasion of his wedding. The song reminds the king that he has been blessed by God to rule in truth, humility, and justice. His lips are anointed with grace and he is anointed with the oil of joy. He is to love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Psalm 45 then addresses the king’s bride, celebrating her beauty and instructing her to honor the king.
Every event in the king’s life – including his wedding – is celebrated by his people as a reminder of God’s plan to bless Israel and his mission to send the Messiah to bless the whole world.
Each event in our lives is also an invitation to focus on God’s promises, to remember God’s plan, and to remember our purpose in it.
God fulfills His promises. The Messiah has come!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Father, thank you for fulfilling Your promise to send the Messiah. Thank you for your great love, for sending your Son Jesus to die for my sins on the cross. I want to obey your command to make disciples in all nations. Show me how the events of my life can help me fulfill this purpose. Make my tongue like the pen of a skillful writer as I tell others what You have done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.