Friday, July 16, 2010

The Splendor of a King

When was the last time you were in awe of a person? I'm not referring to the Lord, although I hope you are in awe of him. I mean a person, walking on the earth right now. When was the last time you regarded a human being with sheer awestruck wonder?

Psalm 45 has a dual meaning. Although it was a wedding song for King David, it also holds a nearly perfect analogy to the Lord Jesus and his Bride, the Church. The writer was clearly in awe of King David, as he begins the song, "My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king." Psalm 45:1

As we read this Psalm, one problem arises. Few in our culture really understand the analogy. We, after all, don't have a king. True, we have leaders and officials, but they are a far cry from the majestic kings of Israel such as David and Solomon.

Imagine, if you will, meeting one of those men. First, imagine the glory of the palace. It was certainly not like buildings today. There was gold everywhere, and fine jewels were used for decorations in the walls and ceilings. Everything was beautiful; everything was perfect. Expensive tapestries and fine cloths of purple and gold draped the walls and covered windows. The sheer beauty of the King's house would have been enough to stun even the wealthy of our society. His gardens were doubtless enormous and exquisite as well.

Now imagine the man who lived in this magnificent place. Even modest descriptions of King David described him as extremely handsome. He, too, was clothed in the finest purple and adorned with gold, silver, and precious stones. He had many attendants, yet he was a far cry from some of the spoiled, lazy kings we read about in history books. Here was a noble man. He was worthy of the glory and honor he received. He was bold, courageous, and, for the great part of his life, God-fearing and God-honoring. Imagine meeting such a man! There is no one like him in the world today, which is why it is hard for us to imagine our Lord as a king. We don't really know what the word "king" meant in David's time.

Now, imagine all of the glory and splendor of King David and his court, and multiply that a thousand times for our Lord Jesus, the Soon-Coming King! "Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty on; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds. Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet. Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." Psalm 45:3-7

How incredible! Now, imagine, if you will, the king's wedding day. Imagine his bride. I'm sure you've seen a wedding. Oh, but a royal wedding? It would be beyond comparison. Flowers everywhere, and people by the thousands. Decorations made especially for the occasion by hundreds of workers. Enough food, beautifully prepared, to feed the whole city! Everything is perfect.

The bride herself wears the most beautiful, flowing white dress. She smells like lilies and roses. Her hair is laced with diamonds, and her neck and arms with gold and silver. She is perfect. Her beauty is beyond imagination. The king, though he himself is magnificent, clothed in his very best, standing tall, his chest puffed out with pride and his eyes blazing with desire yet soft with admiration, can only gaze at his bride and say, "Wow."

"The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord." Psalm 45:11

Doesn't it make you want to honor the Lord even more when you understand not only how magnificent he is, but how beautiful he sees us, the church, when we are honoring and pleasing to him? What wife doesn't want to honor her husband when she knows and feels that he is "enthralled by her beauty"?

My friends, the Lord Jesus is enthralled by the beauty of your heart. You are his bride! Remember that he is your King of Kings; honor him, for he is your Lord!