Psalms 45, a Psalm of Victory, Pt 8
Though apostates attempt to make these strong Messianic prophetic Psalms apply to anyone except King Jesus, the King is in every verse. The resurrected King was given all power; He told his disciples to make disciples of all nations through teaching the Word of God. But the natural mind, viewing what appears cannot grasp how the nations of the world can be subdued to Him apart from violent warfare. His people must view the world according to righteous judgment; that is, in light of the total Scripture.
The author of this Psalm is meditating on the King. He has been inspired to see ahead to the King in all His beauty and power. He writes down what he sees in the vocabulary, the idioms of his day. The warfare he sees and records is a literal warfare. However, Christ and the Apostles show us the truth behind his description of a war. The King is the Prince of Peach, and He subdues His enemies through the spiritual warfare He carries out through His chosen people. Holy Spirit conversion makes His former enemies His faithful servants.
Not everyone will be converted, but there will be enough converted that the Prophet Habakkuk could say in 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
That is to say, God will lift up his faithful people into positions of civil authority, from where they will enforce righteous laws. Not everyone will be converted, but justice will prevail.
But, God cannot do that! Remember the conversion of Nebuchadnezzar? He then enforced righteous laws, though very few in his kingdom were Gods people. Does Christ have all power and authority, or not.
In 1 Corinthians 15:24, the Apostle said, Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
The Psalmist is telling us of the glories of the King, the Prince of Peace.
45:8, Out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
Spurgeon's statement on v. 8 merits our attention (Vol. I, pg. 319). "The abode of Jesus now is imperial in splendor, ivory and gold but faintly image his royal seat; There is he made glad in the presence of the Father, and in the company of his saints. Oh, to behold him with his perfumed garments on! The very smell of him from afar ravishes our spirit, what must it be to be on the other side of the pearl gates within the palace of ivory, amid those halls of Zion, "conjubilant with song," where is the throne of David, and the abiding presence of the Prince! To think of his gladness, to know that he is full of joy, gives gladness at this moment to our souls. We poor exiles can sing in our banishment since our King, our well-believed, has come to his throne."
First, Jesus is right now in His imperial splendor of ivory
Second, He now dwells in the ivory palace, the halls of Zion.
Third, the throne of David was to rule over a united national Israel; that is, Gods Called out people. Christ is now seated on the throne over the New Nation of God, His new humanity, which is the new Israel of God made up of His Called out ones.
Who can describe His splendor as He sits on the throne upon Mt. Zion?
There is no other way to view v. 8 unless, we make the king of chapter 45 King Solomon, which would do terrible violence to the passage.
Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
The city of God looked for by Abraham (Heb 11:10) and to which all the children of Abraham come is new city of the living God, Mt. Sion, the Gospel Church founded on Jesus the mediator. That city has nothing to do with the carnal, earthly Jerusalem which was totally destroyed in the first century.
Is there any question as to why there is such an effort today to do away with the inspirited words spoken by these ancient Hebrew prophets, or to completely miss use or miss apply them? The faithless pre-millennials must dismiss these old Hebrew Scriptures as not for us today in order to make their defeated idea of the church work.
That dismissal of the Hebrew Scriptures was introduced very early in Church history (Old vs. New Testament, Marcion, c. 140 AD). The Old vs. New became canon. The anti-chrisitans of the middle 1800s, were able to use that separation to introduce their various ideas of a failed church.
The teaching which does away or ignores the prophecies such as Psalms 45 seems to have really gained traction world-wide since around 1900.
First, before our Christian foundation could be overthrown, Christians had to be convinced that they were not responsible to make every area of life Christ-like. They had to be taught that their only responsibility is to win people to the Lord and wait for the end.
Second, being convinced that their only Christian responsibility is soul-saving, the church has allowed the wicked to gain control of the future through various institutions, such as politics and education.
Christs command is to disciple the nations through preaching and teaching every word from God. Christians have withdrawn into the security of the church and homes to become more pietistic and wait for the end, when Christ shall make everything right. However, we do understand that Gods predetermined and everlasting counsel is being accomplished, and the faithless will be judged accordingly.
Gods new nation is build on the view that Christ is on His throne in His splendor, and His people are to render to Him the fruits of the earth. (Matt 21:41) So when the old carnal national Israel did not render the fruit to Him, and even killed the Son, it was utterly destroyed. It was replaced with a new spiritual nation, the new Israel of God that will render the fruit to him.
Fruit is rendered as His new humanity brings every area under the control of His law-word, and does their best at whatever individual calling and ability God has given. (Fruit is doing all things to the Glory of God, 1 Cor 10:31) We should add that it is impossible to return to the freedoms of the past in our nation without a return to the same general self-control which the Christian faith produces.
V.9. Surgeon: The day will come when those who are "the kings daughters" literally will count it their greatest honor to serve the church, and, meanwhile every believing sister is spiritually a king's daughter, a member of the royal family of heaven.
"Upon thy right hand, in the place of love, honor and power.
"Did stand the queen in the gold of Ophir: the church shares her Lord's honor and happiness, he sets her in the place of dignity, he clothes her with the best of the best Jesus bestows nothing inferior or of secondary value upon his beloved church."
Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Spurgeon goes on here with "Mark, then the solemn pomp of the verses we have read. The king is seen with rapture, he girds himself as a warrior, robes himself as a monarch, mounts his chariot, darts his arrows, and conquers his foes. Then he ascends his throne with his scepter in his hand, fills the places hall with perfume brought from his secret chambers, his retinue (attendants) stand around him, and, fairest of all, his bride is at his right hand, with daughters of subject princes as her attendants. Faith is no stranger to this sight, and every time she looks she adores, she loves, she rejoices, she expects."
The freedom that Orthodox post-mil faith brought cannot be
regained without the same post-mil faith.
Here then for V. 9, Spurgeon identifies this as the church in present fulfillment. Plumer quotes Scott here (Psalms, p. 518) which sums this up best for me:
"By the queen' the collective body of believers seems to be intended, who, clothed in the righteousness of Christ, enriched by his bounty, and adorned by the grace of his spirit, adhered to him in singleness of affection and fidelity, and are admitted to the most endeared union and communion."
The church, clothed in the purity (gold) of our Lord is presented to him without spot or blemish. The Hebrew prophets spoke of presentation of the Bride to the King:
Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.Hosea 2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
The Apostil Paul gives the fulfillment of that prophecy:
2 Corinthians 11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
V. 9, the bride of the king is beside him.
Is vv. 8, 9,showing us the glorious throne room as it now exists?
Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Or is it yet to come?
Regardless, our attention must be on our present calling to subdue nations to our glorious King through preaching and teaching His command-Word.
Now we are given instructions here followed by a promised result. Harken and forget; with the promised result, v. 11, So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty.
V. 10 is much like a bride standing before the preacher as he addresses the couple: She is to forget her people and her fathers house, and sever all relationships that would interfere with her proper relationship with her husband. (K-D)
1 Peter 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Though Rebecca only heard the servant describe Isaac, she left the security of her family and friends and traveled a great distance to become his wife. The well-known story is a picture of the Spirits call to the elect to come to one why have only heard about.
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We see here two beauty marks which will cause this kind of the King to desire the beauty of His people.
The first mark, Harken, consider, incline thine ear Three terms which show the importance of what is being said in order to please the King. Listen closely with great intent, search out and Hear and obey the Command-Word of the King.
There are many New Testament references Harken, e.g.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them...
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only. Hear the word of the Lord and do it. Not only listen for His voice, but seek it out in His word. Knowing God's word by itself is not what pleases Him. The devil knows God's word. His people must hear and do if they aim to please this King.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
No doubt one of the major problems today is that even the ones who have that sincere desire to hear and do His word have been so mislead by their teachers, that even as they do all they know to do, their training prevents them from the obedience required by God.
Example: Since the time of the War of Northern Aggression, (Darbys first successful visit to the US) the "spiritual leaders" have taught that a Christian should not be involved in politics. Those who have a strong desire to please God hear this kind of teaching, so they avoid this key area of our social order, and turn it over to the wicked. Our society was established to be controlled by from the bottom up by self-controlled people. The natural results then take over. Rather than Christians being in these places of authority and seeing that civil laws reflect God's life-giving principles, the wicked fill those vacuums. The wicked will take over every area from which Christians withdraw.
All politics is local. It is local authorities who are forbidding Christian and Southern Monuments, while allowing female circumcision, Islam Sharia law and the erection of satanic monuments under freedom of religion. The constitution promotes evil and wickedness without the same Christian basis and self-control in the population as there was when it was adopted. We see that when the wicked are in civil control, freedom of religion result in Christian persecution.
Also, Christians have been taught by their spiritual leaders that there is nothing wrong with a secular education, or a classical education. Secular results in a society without God; Classical results in a pagan Greek culture. Then Christians wonder why this generation is going to hell?
Jeremiah 10:1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.3 For the customs of the people are vain:
It is presumption to expect God to overlook such blatant departure from His Command-Word, when parents have a choice not to subject the young people to an anti-Christ education, and do it anyway. Thank be to the Lord of heaven that He calls people out of their willful disobedience, and empowers them to be his faithful servants.
Teachers have failed to teach Gods people how to please God in every area of life. Thus, though many are sincere, they are sincerely wrong.
However, God has provided his Command-Word, so there is no excuse not to know his will for our lives. (Rom. 1:21, 1 Cor. 10:31)
Harken to His word. Search it out, study to show thyself approved unto God. Do not take any teaching for granted. Compare scripture with scripture. It does not matter how "respected" the teacher is, "the whole facilities of the mind (body and spirit also) should be bent upon receiving holy teaching."
Let us add, that until the church once again seriously seeks out the Kings Commands in order to do them, only destruction lies ahead. Might the Lord open the eyes first of all of the teacher, then of His people.
We will start with forget next time.
V. 10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy fathers house;11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.