Monday, 15 January 2018

Amatory ode

Finding Jesus in the Psalms is no difficult task.

It is all about Him.

He is all about me.

And reading with the lenses of Grace makes this fundamental truth abundantly clear. And mind-blowing.

Don't you just love Adam Clark?

I love how that Adam Clarke begins his commentary on Psalm 45.

He says:

The contents of this Psalm are generally summed up thus:
The majesty and grace of Christ's kingdom; or an epithalamium of 
Jesus Christ and the Christian Church; the duty of this Church, and its privileges. The Psalm contains a magnificent description of the beauty, ornaments, valour, justice, and truth of the Divine Bridegroom; the beauty, magnificence, and riches of the bride, who was to become mother of a numerous and powerful posterity.

So, let's read

(I'll expound in brackets ...)

To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim (purity), for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves (a beloved). My heart is inditing (stirred up by) a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

(Starting by describing Jesus, Himself ...)

Thou art fairer than the children of men:

grace is poured into thy lips:

therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. 

Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. (The praised Hero and all-victorious One, King of kings and Lord of lords)

And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible (revered, awesome) things. 

Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. (amazement and conviction in the hearts of mankind brought by the Gospel)

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:

the sceptre (offspring of Thy Grace) of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:

therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (He endured the cross for the joy set before Him - Heb 12:2)

All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. 

Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women (all nations and all peoples, for He had reconciled the whole earth onto Him): upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. 

Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house (to forget the past and whence we came from and focus on Him)

So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 

And the daughter of Tyre (at the time one of the greatest cities, representing all the major trading centers of the world) shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour. 

The king's daughter (the bride of Christ) is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. 

She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. 

With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace. 

Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children (instead of the past state comes he glorious future to rule and have dominion), whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

(Concluding again with Abba talking to Jesus:)

I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. 

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the honour of kings to search it  (Him, Jesus) out!

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