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With New Testament Eyes: 57 - A Song of Love

By Henry Mahan


      Psalm 45

      v. 1. From the very first words, the Psalmist leaves no doubt as to the subject of this Psalm. 'I speak of things pertaining to the king.' This song has 'the King,' the Lord Jesus Christ, for its only subject. Therefore, it is indeed a 'good matter;' good because 'only God is good,' and he speaks of Christ, who is the chief good; good for us because the gospel of Christ is good news to sinners (Luke 2:10-11). He says, 'My heart is bubbling up,' full and running over with his glory; therefore, My tongue is ready to put in words my love for him, his love for me, and the truth concerning his person and work.

      v. 2. As though the king himself had appeared before him, the Psalmist, full of admiration and devotion, addresses his Lord. 'Thou art fairer than the children of men.' We are born; Thou art the only begotten Son. We are children of dust; Thou art the Lord from heaven. We are darkness; Thou art light. We are empty; in thee dwelleth all fullness. 'Grace is poured into thy lips.' Grace is treasured up in him, and he is the fountain of all grace (Col. 2:9-10). Outside of Christ, there is no grace. Also, it can be said, 'Grace is poured from thy lips' (Heb. 1:1-2). When Christ, the Word of God, opens his lips as our surety, prophet, priest, and king, grace is poured into our souls, living, saving, abundant grace. One word from him turned Saul of Tarsus into an apostle, a harlot into a repentant believer, and a publican into a prince. 'Therefore God hath blessed thee forever.' Calvin writes, 'Because God hath blessed thee.' It is true that God has blessed our Mediator as a reward for his love and labor, and he deserves the recompense; but the great reason for his beauty, his grace, and his salvation is that he is blessed forever of the Father, Who put all things in him (John 3:35; Eph. 1:3; 1 Cor. 1:30).

      vv. 3-4. What is 'thy sword'? It is his word (Heb. 4:12; Eph. 6:17). By his word the worlds were created and are governed.

      By his word sinners are slain and conquered. By his word his enemies are defeated. 'O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.' Thou art almighty and so, able to make good on all that thou speakest, and to make your word of precept, promise, and condemnation effectual in all that it is sent to do (Isa. 46:10- 11; Num. 23:19). The holy war in which he is engaged is the cause of 'truth, meekness, and righteousness;' and his gospel (his sword) will turn our error to truth, our pride to meekness, and our sinfulness to his righteousness! Are these not 'terrible,' or a better word, 'tremendous' things? (Psalm 65:1-5.)

      v. 5. 'Thine arrows are sharp.' Our Lord uses no blunted sword nor pointless darts. His word is always effectual and can strike those near or far with equal success. He aims for the heart of his enemies, not just their heads, so they are brought to fall at his feet in worship and love (Rom. 5: 10; Eph. 2:16; Col. 1:21).

      The arrows of his judicial wrath are sharp, but the arrows of subduing grace are the sharpest of all (John 6:37; John 10:16).

      vv. 6-7. The Apostle Paul chose these words to identify and magnify our great prophet and priest. To the Son, Jesus Christ, the Father says, 'thy throne, O God, is forever.' Christ is God (John 1:1; John 10:30; Acts 20:28). The reason why his throne is forever and the sceptre of his kingdom is righteousness, justice, and truth is because he is God. 'Thou lovest righteousness.' He showed this in casting Adam from the garden, in all his dealings with Israel and the Old Testament people, and in working out a perfect righteousness for his people (Rom. 3:19-26); and he will show it at the last day in wrath. Because of who Christ is and what he has done, he is anointed above all (Col. 1:14-18; Phil. 2:9-11).

      v. 8. 'The garments' are Christ's offices, his honors, his righteousness. He is clothed with righteousness, honor, and majesty (Isa. 59:17; Psalm 104:1) and his garments smell not of blood and battle but of sweet perfume 'in them that are saved,' but that holy odor is offensive to those who perish (2 Cor. 2:14- 16). The 'ivory palaces' are his heavenly abode, where he is made glad in the presence of the Father and by the faith of his saints (Isa. 53:11; Luke 15:7).

      vv. 9-12. The church of the Lord Jesus shares his honor and happiness. He sets her in the place of dignity 'upon thy right hand' and clothes her with the best, the priceless, and the beautiful. Though some may have been paupers or princesses, yet all are in his bride at his right hand. They 'forget their own people and houses' and look not back to Sodom or Jerusalem because 'he is their Lord and they worship him.' Her beauty is his comeliness (Ezek. 16:11-14).

      vv. 13-15.

      (1) The bride's new name is 'the king's daughter' because she is born of God and she is espoused to the Son of God.

      (2) The bride's character is 'all glorious within' because of Christ who dwells in her.

      (3) The bride's 'clothing and raiment' is wrought of gold of holiness and the needlework of his perfect righteousness, his atoning death and perfect obedience.

      (4) The bride's 'companions' are all the redeemed of all ages.

      (5) The bride's home going is 'to be brought into the king's palace' (John 14:1-3).

      (6) The bride's reception shall be 'with gladness and rejoicing,' no secret entrance but a triumphant and joyful acclaim (Psalm 24:7-10).

      vv. 16-17. The ancient fathers, such as Moses, Abraham, and Isaac, are all gone; but their children and grandchildren are made kings and priests. And the name of Christ is remembered, exalted, and magnified in all generations and among all nations. 'Therefore, shall thy people praise thee forever and ever.'

      'Let him be crowned with majesty
      Who bowed his head in death,
      And be his honors sounded forth
      By all things that have breath.'

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See Also:
   Foreward & Acknowledgements
   1 - The Fall
   2 - Abel's Offering
   3 - The Ark Of Noah
   4 - Sarah and Hagar; Law and Grace
   5 - The Lord Will Provide
   6 - A Bride for the Heir
   7 - Bethel - The House of God
   8 - Peniel - The Face of God
   9 - Joseph Opens the Storehouses
   10 - Joseph and His Brothers
   11 - Shiloh
   12 - The Passover
   13 - The Manna
   14 - Water from the rock
   15 - The Blood Before the Lord
   16 - The Ram of Consecration
   17 - The Day of Atonement
   18 - Caleb - The Faithful Dog
   19 - The High Priest Intercedes
   20 - The Brazen Serpent
   21 - A Prophet Like Moses
   22 - The Cities of Refuge
   23 - Joshua
   24 - The Scarlet Line in the Window
   25 - The birth of Samson
   26 - The Kinsman Redeemer
   27 - The Song of Hannah
   28 - Give us a King
   29 - Saul's Great Sin
   30 - David and Mephibosheth
   31 - Why God Permitted David to Fall
   32 - Comfort from God's Covenant
   33 - I Will Not Offer to God that which Cost me Nothing
   34 - The Queen of Sheba Comes to Solomon
   35 - Three Examples of Faith
   36 - Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
   37 - Empty Vessels Filled
   38 - Naaman, the Leper
   39 - Open his Eyes that He may See
   40 - Four Lepers Teach us a Lesson
   41 - Nehushtan--A Piece of Brass
   42 - Bringing Back the Ark
   43 - Uzziah's Great Transgression
   44 - Four Things Learned in Trouble
   45 - How Can Man be Just With God?
   46 - Three Vital Questions
   47 - I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
   48 - Now Mine Eye Seeth Thee
   49 - The Psalm of Messiah the King
   50 - God's two great books
   51 - The Psalm of the Cross
   52 - The Lord is my Shepherd
   53 - True God - True Israel - True Redeemer
   54 - Eight Great Precepts
   55 - My Hope is in Thee
   56 - Many, O Lord, Are Thy Wonderful Works
   57 - A Song of Love
   58 - The Sinner's Prayer
   59 - My Rock and my Salvation
   60 - Our Lord's Sufferings for Our Sins
   61 - Mercy and Truth are Met Together
   62 - The Victory of the Messiah
   63 - Bless the Lord, O my Soul
   64 - Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
   65 - The King-Priest
   66 - The Chief Cornerstone
   67 - The Observer and the Observed
   68 - Praise the Lord O my Soul
   69 - Wisdom in Christ
   70 - The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
   71 - Remember Now Thy Creator
   72 - My Beloved is Mine and I am His
   73 - What is Thy Beloved more than Another Beloved?
   74 - The Lord Our Righteousness
   75 - The Believers Hope
   76 - From Nothing to Everything
   77 - Lost, Driven Away, Broken, Sick
   78 - Can These Bones Live?
   79 - Four Things God Taught Nebuchadnezzar
   80 - Thy God Will Deliver Thee
   81 - Hosea--Type of Christ
   82 - A Famine to be Feared
   83 - Salvation is of the Lord
   84 - A Fountain Opened for Mourners
   85 - The Messenger of the Covenant

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