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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #160
Posted: September,2008

PSALM 45:6-7

            We are reminded again that this a Psalm of instruction on the subject of love.  It is the love between an eternal Bridegroom (The Christ) and an earthly Bride (The Church).  In verses 1-8 we have been looking at “The Royal Bridegroom Described”.  Let us turn our attention this week to verses 6-7 which says, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”  I have entitled this section, ‘Thy Glorious Greatness’.  To seek to magnify one who is bigger than explanation or make one the greatest when there is none greater is near impossible.  The Psalmist seeks to do just that in these verses. 

            In verse 6 we are confronted with ‘The Son Of Greatness’.  This verse is quoted in the New Testament with but one major addition.  It says in Hebrews 1:8, “But unto the Son He saith, thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.  A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.”  We are convinced from this verse that the God of the Old Testament is the Son of the New Testament.  They are one and the same.  We see that God the Son has a forever and ever throne.  He has always and forever will be a Prophet, Priest, and King.

            Let us look also in verse 6b at the ‘Scepter Of Greatness’.  We are told that His scepter is a ‘right scepter’.  I rejoice at the confidence that no matter the circumstances, Our King will always do right.  He can do nothing else for He is all righteousness.  The scepter was also held out to a subject telling them they could have an audience with the King.  This is illustrated with Queen Esther’s approach to King Ahasuerus in Esther Chapter 5.  We can come boldly to the throne of grace and find help in a time of need.  The royal scepter is always out to His precious children.  We have a continual audience with our King 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  He says, ‘Come unto me.’

            In verse 7 we see the ‘Stand Of Greatness’. Our King Jesus is not neutral in the great contest between good and evil.  He is very clear on the subject when He days, ‘He loves righteousness and hates wickedness’.  The words love and hate are the strongest words He can use in this setting.  How can we His people do less?  Many today love righteousness but will not champion its cause.  They will not stand up and speak out for the right.  Many today hate wickedness only because of its consequences.  Oh, that God would sweep across our land with a spirit of moral perfection that loves right and hates wrong.

            As we look again at our Royal Bridegroom in verse 7b we see the ‘Spirit Of Greatness’.  We are told that the Father (Thy God) has poured the oil of gladness upon the Son.  The Son of God is drenched with the oil of God the Spirit.  It gave Him cause for great rejoicing.  He even said of the cross, ‘For the joy that was set before me.’  The little phrase ‘above thy fellows’ should be of a great comfort to our souls.  The phrase carries the meaning of ‘to partake in the same or to be a co-participant in the same’.  The same anointing of the Holy Ghost that was upon the Son of God has been placed upon the Church, the Bride, and His people.  Let us not live in despair.  We, the church have a continual audience with the King and have the Spirit of our King on us, in us, and through us.  I say ‘Glory to is Name, Glory to His name, what a King and husband to be, we have.’