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In many ways this Psalm is one of most unique portions of Scripture in the entire Bible. It seems to give the kind of praise to an earthly king that should be reserved only for God.
The Psalm was composed in honor of a wedding of the king and his bride. The ideal picture of the king and his bride was pictured in the words of this Psalm.
Until the 1900s, the church used this Psalm as a song of love between Christ and his church and did not emphasize the king to any degree at all.
As we use this Psalm in prayer, we can incorporate both aspects of how it has been used. Let’s join fellow followers of Jesus and praise him for his attributes and the fact that we are the bride of Christ.
Let’s also use the Psalm to pray for leaders in all walks of life and ask God to bring forth the qualities that are presented in these verses.
I am not able in a short blog article to explore all of the praise and prayers that this Psalm can elicit. Please use the article to find suggestions of ways that you can interact with God through the words in Psalm 45.
Preparation for Praise and Prayer
The Psalm opens with a commitment to speak properly of the king and the King of All Kings.
Verse 1 – Beautiful words fill my mind,
as I compose this song for the king.
Like the pen of a good writer
my tongue is ready with a poem.
The praise and the prayer we express is to be well thought out. It is a good idea to always ask the Holy Spirit for direction and help as we begin our time alone with the Lord.
We can paraphrase Paul’s words to the Romans as we begin our prayer. “Holy Spirit, I don’t know how to pray, but you do. Please pray through me today.”
This request for help in praying is based on Romans 8.26: “In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express.”
The Attraction of Character
We praise Jesus for his essential nature, and pray for our leaders to have character similar to his.
Verses 2-3 – You are the most handsome of men;
you are an eloquent speaker.
God has always blessed you.
Buckle on your sword, mighty king;
you are glorious and majestic.
As we think about what attracts us to Jesus, his character is paramount. He is truly glorious and majestic in his love, joy, grace, patience, goodness and so much more.
Jesus is eloquent and we praise him with Peter’s confession, “You have the words of eternal life” (John 6.68).
Jesus’ sword is the word of God spoken in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are told by Paul to “Take the . . . sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6.17).
We pray for pastors, teachers, parents and other leaders to be empowered to speak God’s word under the direction and power of the Holy Spirit.
A Government of Truth and Justice
Jesus’ victory is one that is full of truth and justice.
Verse 4 – Ride on in majesty to victory
for the defense of truth and justice!
Your strength will win you great victories!
Here is how the Father views his Son, Jesus. Let’s join all of heaven in giving Jesus honor that he completely operates in truth and in justice.
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42.1)
As we pray for leaders, our prayer echos that of Amos the prophet: “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5.24).
What God Requires
Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come,” (Matthew 6.10). His kingdom brings happiness, because he loves justice and what is right.
Verses 6B-7 – You rule over your people with justice;
you love what is right and hate what is evil.
That is why God, your God, has chosen you
and has poured out more happiness on you
than on any other king.
Micah declared God’s will for us. He wrote, “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6.8).
It is the nature of Jesus to love what is right and to hate evil. In addition he loves justice, kindness and humility. Let us praise him for every aspect of who he is.
As we use this Psalm to pray for leaders, we can pray that they will take on the character of Jesus. Let us pray that leaders will love what is right and hate what is evil.
We can also use the words of Micah for leaders. May they do justice, love kindness and approach life with humility.
Prayer for the Church
We now turn our attention to the church, the bride of Christ.
Verses 10-11 – Bride of the king, listen to what I say—
forget your people and your relatives.
Your beauty will make the king desire you;
he is your master, so you must obey him.
Jesus taught us to deny ourselves and to follow him. He said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8.34).
When we deny ourselves, we are actually making room for more of God. We know we have actually made room for God, when we regularly follow his directions.
I can think of a no more important prayer to pray for ourselves and for leaders than that we will deny ourselves and follow our Lord and Savior.
Earthly kings are blessed to have multiple generations of their children following them in government.
In God’s kingdom, he desires children so he can bestow the blessing of the richest life possible upon his beloved sons and daughters.
Verses 16-17 –You, my king, will have many sons
to succeed your ancestors as kings,
and you will make them rulers over the whole earth.
My song will keep your fame alive forever,
and everyone will praise you for all time to come.
The life and death of Jesus was devoted to making people like you and me adopted children of God. Paul combines prayer and reasons to praise God in a few short verses about being God’s children.
He wrote, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.
“When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8.14-17).
Let’s praise God today for the magnificent gift of being his child. Let’s pray that a multitude of children will fill God’s family.
Let’s also dedicate ourselves to the praise of God for all time.
May We Pray for You
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