Psalm 45 is thought to have been written as a wedding song to honour the wedding of the king to his beautiful bride. We can only imagine the pageantry at such an event. However, the words of the Psalm are also interpreted by Christians as pointing to another, future wedding “between a king and his bride” – or Christ and His Church.
The Psalm tells us that the King was coming to be joined with the bride. Today, Christians understand that the bride represents the Church, and the Church is described as being very beautiful. The Church is the body of Christ – the assembly of all who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Those that belong to the Church, have their sins forgiven. Therefore, the King sees them as being beautiful and pure.
Jesus used the idea of a wedding, or a wedding feast to demonstrate what the kingdom of heaven would be like, indicating the importance of the bond that exists between Christ’s believers and the Lord.
The reason that Jesus used this imagery, is the love that is always found in such events. When I attend a wedding, I know that there will be beauty, joy, and love. The message of Jesus Christ is known as “The Good News” because it contains a message of beauty, joy and love.
When we become Christians, a giving of allegiance occurs. We cannot sit on the fence. Either we become one with Christ or not. The Psalmists’ words were wise for the new bride of the king, and they act as a warning for all Christians. Being joined to Christ, and being added to the Church means that we become part of the family of God.
It is no surprise many of the Illustrations picture a wedding! We are married to the eternal King through the grace of God and the Good News, the Gospel, of Jesus Christ!
Heavenly Father, we stand in awe. That out of your goodness and grace you would choose us to be saved through faith in the Lord Jesus, and that we should be given the place of honour in becoming His bride. May we always deserve to be part of the family of God. Amen
Ann Barton, Lay Leader, Whittlesford URC in the Eastern Synod