Praise For The Royal Bridegroom

A young man once went to see Dr. Harry Ironside to confess a fault. “I’m loving my wife too much!” he told the well-known Bible teacher. “In fact, I’ve put her on such a high plane, I fear it’s sinful.” “Do you think you love your wife more than Christ lo … More

Bridegroom

Most Bible scholars agree that this Psalm was originally the marriage hymn of some Jewish king. A description is given of the bridegroom (vv. 1-9) and (vv. 10-17) pertain to the bride. In order to understand this psalm we need to know that in ancient Israelite weddings the man was considered more important than the woman. He dressed elaborately. All the guests waited to see his clothing and his attendants. When the grand march played it was for his arrival and not the brides. This is a complete reversal of what we do today.

The author of this Psalm is sort of like the editor of the social page of a newspaper and his big story is this royal wedding. He is so overjoyed with the opportunity to speak good things of His king that he cannot contain himself (vv. 1-2). A brief caption of each of the following verses is:

  1. A description of the Kings attire (v. 3).
  2. The king rides forth on a donkey (v. 4).
  3. Nations fall before him (v. 5).
  4. An eternal throne is promised (v. 6).
  5. A list of the king’s virtues are given (v. 7).
  6. A Description of the fragrance (v. 8).
  7. References to international participants and guests (v. 9).

Many Bible scholars make a comparison of this Psalm to the second coming of Christ. They say that the spiritual eye will see Jesus Christ the Lord in this Psalm and His marriage as the Bridegroom to the bride, His Church.

Application

I am looking forward to the Lord’s return with great anticipation? He could come even today.

Psalms 45:1-9 (English Standard Version)


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