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To The Royal Bride

Worship thou Him

Psalms 45:10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; 11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

Under the old covenant, carnal Israel was Jehovah God’s bride. (Ho 2:16, Isa 54:6, Eze 16:7) Having; having a whore’s forhead, viz, hardened in sin, and after many efforts to restore her, she was divorced and totally cut off. (Jer 3:3, &c.)

Under the new covenant, the new spiritual Israel of God, the church, is the King’s bride. (Matt 22) The promise of the new covenant is found in Jeremiah 31:

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

The new covenant was put into force by the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

The context of Hebrews: It was written to the Hebrews, who made up the foundation of the new Gospel Church. Among other things, the letter to the Hebrews was to prepare them for the total removal of the ancient Hebrew manner of worshiping the Father, its rites, rituals and ordinances which had dominated the Hebrew culture since the Egyptian deliverance.

The old covenant was represented by the Levitical priesthood, and the bloody sacrificial activity at the Jerusalem Temple, and it was ready to vanish away, which it did in 70 AD.

The new covenant is based in the bloody sacrifice of Jesus Christ, followed by his victory over death and hell. The power of his resurrection forms a new man in Christ Jesus. (We fail to realize and use the power of his resurrection for conforming to Christ. Rom. 1:4, Philip 3:10)

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

There is something for her to do, {#1Jo 3:3 Jude 1:21 2Co 7:1 } but the chief preparation is the act of Christ. {#Eph 5:25 } (Robertson’s NT word pictures)

Psalms 45:10-17 is addressed to the royal bride, standing on the right hand of the royal bridegroom. God, who said to the Son, Thy throne is for ever and ever, says this to the church, which, upon the account of her espousals to the Son, he here calls his daughter. (MH)

Now we come to the promised result of hearing and heeding the King’s words, the Word of God.

V. 11 “So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.”

V. 11 tells of the promised results. The desires of the King toward the Church. Spurgeon here says, "His Spirit is grieved when they mingle themselves among the people and learn their ways. No great and lasting revival of religion can be granted us till the professed lovers of Jesus proves their affection by coming out from an ungodly world, being separated, and touching not the unclean thing."

The "cleaner" the Church remains the more her King will desires her, but the other side of the coin is that the more the Church compromises with the world the more distasteful it becomes to her King until He finally spews it out of his mouth, Rev. 3:16.

"The church must forsake all others and cleave to Jesus only, or she will not please him nor enjoy the full manifestation of his love. What less can he ask? What less may she dare propose than to be wholly his?"

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Far from being separate from the world, the church has become part of the world. Though the Spirit creates a new man in Christ Jesus, the old man with his self-will remains until we get our new body; the old man, far too often gets the “upper hand,” but provision has been made. (1 John)

“His condescending grace does not lessen but rather enforces his authority.”

The Spirit of God uses the water of the Word to sanctify and cleanse his bride, the church. That cleansing takes place in the inner man, for the issues of life spring out of the heart, and the king shall be greatly pleased with the church, and greatly desire her beauty.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

It is through the preaching, teaching and studying of God’s word that the bride is made ready for her King.

Worship thou him.

Worship of the King is not just raising one’s hands and singing, “Let’s just praise the Lord,” though there certainly nothing wrong with such actions.

Worship that pleases the Kings is defined by the King in John 14:15, If ye love me, keep my commandments.

The true worshiper of the King finds that his commandments are not grievous.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

If there will be any righteousness in society, the church must return to preaching and teaching the commandments of her Lord and King. However, only the Spirit can and will turn the hearts toward Himself:

1 Kings 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

There is not a true believer that does not desire to please the King, or that does not want Him to desire us as a king would desire the beauty of a princesses.

But there is nothing in us that would cause the King to desire us, and, and therefore, call us to Himself. It was He Who called, and His Spirit answered that call through us.

Plumer here says, "Serving Christ in simplicity and godly sincerity, with purity and fidelity is the way to please him. The whole tenor of scripture shows the necessity of personal holiness. Woe to him that makes Christ the minister of sin, and from his grace infers that we may live in uncleanness. Christ is to be obeyed and worshipped. For he is thy Lord, others have dominion over us; but to Christ only may we yield implicit and supreme obedience. He is the Lord of all to the glory of God the Father and to the comfort of all his saints."

Upon examining the social and political climate during the time of the writing of the New Testament, particularly the book of Romans, one will find that the civil authorities were, almost without exception, total moral degenerates. Abortion was condoned, and even enforced by the civil authority, as well as commonly practiced in society. Marriage was close to extinct, fraud and misuse of public funds was common. Everything we can imagine was taxed by Rome. Rome sold the right to collect taxes to the highest bidder. Whoever got the contract to collect the taxes in that providence would then hire men to collect the taxes--whatever the traffic would bare. Matthew was one such man. We meet them many times in Scriptures, called publicans.

The hatred for the tax man was so great that he wasn't permitted to testify at Jewish trials nor would his charitable gifts be accepted. They went so far in their identification of the publicans with murders and harlots, that publicans were excommunicated.

All of that to say this. There is nothing going on today in the corrupt religious or political realms that was not common during the ministry of Christ and the writing of the New Testament, including a nationalist party who considered themselves free men, answerable to no one but the Lord.

The Nationalist party was centered in Galilee. It was some members of this movement who asked Christ the question about the lawfulness of paying tribute to Caesar.

The nationalist, in their tax-revolt against Rome, are the ones who brought on the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D, Josephus identifies them as the zealots.

The civil government, as a whole, was more debased than what we have today. The amazing thing is that the church just quietly went about its business, preaching the gospel and doing good, winning people to Christ and teaching them a proper understanding of the law of God and its application.

The result was that within 300 years, Rome fell to Christianity. Here is ISBE's account of Rome’s fall:

Many heathen would gladly accept Christ along with Mithra and Isis and Serapis. But Christianity demanded complete separation. The Jesus cult could tolerate no rival: it claimed to be absolute, and worshippers of Jesus must be separate from the world. The Christian church was absolute in its demands; would not rank with, but above, all worships. This spirit was of course at enmity with that of the day which enabled rival cults to co-exist with the greatest indifference. Add to this the exclusive state of Christian society. No pious heathen who had purified his soul by asceticism and the sacraments of antiquity could be admitted into membership unless he renounced things dear to him and of some spiritual value. In every detail of public life this exclusive spirit made itself felt.

This is the points given by ISBE (vol vi. pg 2604, 5) which made Christianity the most mighty power on earth.

1. The demand for complete and total separation from the world. No member was allowed who tried to serve two gods, whether that other god was the state, a religious cult or self.

2. The Christian refusal to take part in any state worship at all, even to the death.

3. Their uncompromising assault against the pagan cults of their day, including the worship of the emperor, which they held these as doctrines of demons. They were also told that the Jewish religion was now the “synagogue of Statan.”

Thus, the strength of Christianity lay in its absolute refusal to compromise. It followed the teachings of the Law of God and the example of Christ in the face of death. It stood in defiance of the State in the fact that Christianity forbad any of its members to take part in any worship of the State in any way manner whatsoever. This moral strength gave it the power to convert the masses of barbarians who overran the Western Empire. The result was "the famous edict of toleration from Milan, March 30, 313, by which all religions were granted equal tolerance, and Christianity was thus placed on an equal footing with heathenism.” (ibid, 2610. The emperor preferred the Christian religion above others, which caused a number of pagans to “profess Christ,” so they could be among that preferred number. I did an article on some of the damaging results of that Edict of Toleration.)

It was the "irresistible influence of the Christian spirit" that caused legislation to take a Christian turn. (Schaff, vol. iii, pg. 107.) In other words, Christian laws came because of a committed Christians within the Empire. Christian laws came from the bottom up, not from the top down. The only kind of reform which will work is a Christian moral reform, which must start in the hearts of the individuals. If the reform is not religious in nature, from the bottom up, the result will be more of the same, totalitarianism and socialism.

A return to these basic stands would see the same result as these early Christians saw; persecution, and final victory over the an oppressive State.

Those who want to enslave any population must first destroy the Christian moral strength of that population. We have seen and are seeing the moral strength of this nation INTENTIONALLY destroyed by things such as humanistic education and entertainment, and the importation of multitudes of committed followers of pagan Islam. According to human understanding, Europe is gone.

The wicked believe they are now ready to assume total control of all things. However, we know from Scripture that they are simply accomplishing God’s will on earth.

I received this from “The Voice of the Martyrs”:

** “These are the most exciting days to be alive in the history of the Church,” said VOM field worker Jonathan.
“What we’re seeing around the world is really a gospel wildfire,” he said. “We're seeing the gospel go forward like never before in the history of the church.”
One of the five keys to the gospel’s unparalleled movement is persecution, which Jonathan says is the “accelerant” for the wildfire.
The church is persecuted, but it is thriving and expanding in the world’s most dangerous places.

** Are you willing to go to jail for three years in order to keep working with us?
--Joel, a VOM distribution partner.

** “IS is being used to reveal something of the dark heart of Islam”
---Julian with Operation Mobilization.

Right before our eyes, we are seeing the word of God being fulfilled to the glory of Christ:

Psalms 76:10 “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.“

300 years after Christ, Christian law became the law of the Eastern Roman Empire. The Christian Empire stood for over 1,000 years because of the faithful witness of the Christians, even to the death.

That Biblical law was known as “Common Law”, because everyone had a basic, though shallow, knowledge of Scripture. Because of the lack of Christian involvement in social issues, Biblical law has been replaced with humanistic law in the last 150 years.

“You don’t polish brass on a sinking ship,” has let to the ship sinking.

National reform must come from the bottom up, not from the top down, and it must be a moral reform. It must start in the house of God, that in in the heart of the believers. If the reform is not Christian in nature from the bottom up, the result will be more of the same, socialism.

The movement of the Spirit of Christ in the Muslim nations in the face of the most severe and almost sure persecution and death shames the Western lukewarm Christianity of our day.

Psalms 45:11, gives another reason why apostate religious leaders seek to make Solomon the king of v. 11:“For he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.”

The church is commanded to worship Him as the Lord of all, and strictly forbids recognizing any other authority or power over Him: “Thou shalt not have any other gods before me.” There can be no authority recognized over God's Word by God's people. Remember Peter's statement of Acts 2:36--"both Lord and Christ."

Modern man desires to avoid recognizing Him as Lord. This is one of the end time heresies and brings upon these people swift destruction, II Pet. 2:1-3.

Ps. 45:10, 11 is directed to the church. The blood bought believers. The command is to worship Him alone as Lord over all creation.

Worshiping King Jesus as Lord of all will cause the same conflict Daniel faced. It will cause the same conflict the early church faced. And the time is coming in the US that it will cause the same conflict that Christians are facing in Muslim countries. Compromise avoids conflict, but compromise is distasteful to the King of kings, for it denies the Lord Who bought them. (Obama removed his jewelry, ring and watch, according to the Muslim requirement for Ramadan.)

If we do not have a KING who is reigning over all creation right now (and forever more) then we have no KING to comfort protect us when the hoards of darkness come against us. As the song goes, "Isn't he wonderful--?"

And what a comfort it is to know that we have everything we need to glorify God as God in every area of life and though. That comfort is available only in our Immanuel, who is identified as “God with us”.

Consider: The modern teaching is that the reign of our King is yet to come. Does this leave the world in total control of the powers of darkness in the mind of the believer, with no hope of standing against the onslaught of evil? If this is true, it's no wonder the church has lost its power to hold back the evil and corruption of our day.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

That is to say: Where there is no faithful preaching of the Word, the people perish. Without the Biblical prophetic vision of a glorious and victorious gospel that shall subdue all nations according to the Father’s promise to the Son in Psalm 2 and 110, God’s people will perish under a load of discouragement. Like David, when all seemed hopeless, he encouraged himself in the Lord. (1 Sam 30:6) The promise is that he that keepeth the law will find confidence and happiness.

“That the word of God is preached among a people belongs to their condition of life; and they are only truly happy when they earnestly and willingly subordinate themselves to the world of God which they possess and have opportunity of hearing.” (Keil-Delitzsch)

My, how we need for God to command His light to shine out of the darkness into the hearts of His people so they can see the truth about their Lord and Christ. He is not only Saviour but He is Lord and we are seated with Him in the heavens. there is no need to "fall before" or be afraid of the powers of darkness, II Cor. 4:1-6; Eph. 2:6.

As Plumer says, "and to comfort all his saints." And what a comfort this is to know that we have everything we need to glorify God as God in every area of life. That is found in our Immanuel, God with us. Our resurrected Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Vv. 10-11, it is the beauty within that catches the Kings eye. It's not a natural beauty because there is no natural beauty which would attract the eye and desires of the King. The natural man is totally corrupt; all natural righteousness is as “filthy rags.”

We sing of the “The Wonderful Grace of Jesus.”

It is amazing that the Father chooses a people based completely upon His sovereignty, and then He puts His beauty within them, and makes them a fit bride for His Son. Romans 3:28, 29 tell of God’s amazing grace that works in His chosen people to conforms them to the image of His Dear Son.

Those who deny Election say that God looked down through eternity future and saw those who would be willing to choose His Son, and then he calls them when they reached that point in time.

Titus 3: 4 “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

God the Father, in His mercy and grace is calling out a bride for His Son, and God the Spirit is doing the work sanctification to prepare a pure bride for the Son. He is doing the work of beautifying the Elect, and many times that work is quite painful.

Everything that God does is so that His eternal purpose might stand:

I Cor. 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

Ph. 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Rom. 9: 11 “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”

The amazing grace of our King is beyond anything we can think or imagine.

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