Posted: November 7,2008
Psalm 45 has been entitled as ‘A Song Of Loves’.
It speaks of the love of the Bridegroom, Christ, for His Bride, the
Church. We continue to look at verses 9-17 which we have called ‘The
Righteous Bride Described’.
Let us look this week at verses 13-15
which says, “The king’s daughter is all
glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought
unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that
follow her shall be brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall
they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.” We
notice in these verses this thought of ‘The Processional Of The
Righteous Bride’. There can be no wedding nuptials without the
In verse 13 we are confronted with ‘The
Preparation Before The Wedding’. We find in verse 13a ‘The
Position Of Preparation’. The title “The king’s daughter…”
tells us that the church is a daughter of the heavenly Father while at
the same time is to be a bride for the Son. This is a position beyond
our human comprehension. All of this has been done prior to the
wedding. We also find ‘The Power Of Preparation’. We are told
the bride is “…all glorious within:” There has been inward
preparation. It will be so of the believer at that wedding. We will
have an inward beauty that is not one of faith but of true reality. The
bride shall be glorious within for she shall be in Christ and Christ
shall be in her. We will possess the likeness, virtue, holiness, and
righteousness of the Bridegroom. We will be perfect in mind, will, and
emotions. We will think perfectly, feel perfectly, and do perfectly.
There will not only be power in inward preparation but also there will
be ‘outward preparation’. We are told in verse 13b “…her
clothing is of wrought gold.” Gold speaks of our God’s deity. The
church will be in the likeness and express image of the Son. We will be
a mirror of the Son. It will be a blessed reality to be able to say if
you have seen the Bride (the Church) you have seen the Bridegroom.
(Christ) We shall come forth from the refiners fire as pure gold.
In verse 14 we find ‘The Purity In
The Wedding’. We are confronted in verse 14b with ‘The Train Of
Purity’. There is a large group that follows the Bride of virgins
and companions. These are symbolic and a part of the Bride, the
Church. I believe they are used to illustrate the train of the Bride.
The kings of that day displayed their wealth by the length of the train
on their robe. In Isaiah, Chapter 6, Isaiah saw the Lord high and
lifted up. We are told his train filled the temple. Isaiah said that
he could not find the end of it telling us that our God is a mighty man
of wealth. There will be no difference in His Bride. She too has a long
train of wealth. She is a joint heir. Whatever He owns, she jointly
owns with Him. Notice in verse 14b that we find ‘The Treasure of
Purity’. We are told, “She shall be brought…” This Bride
doesn’t come of her own free will but she is brought to the wedding by
God’s sovereign grace. No wonder Jonah cried ‘Salvation is of the
Lord’. We are told in this treasure that the Bride is a ‘virgin’.
I see here the confidence of our ‘Purity Of Heart’.
We find in this comparison that the
Bride who follows will be ‘Pure In Her Walk’. Our Bridegroom
will have a wife without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.
In verse 15 we are told of ‘The
Praise Of The Wedding’. When the Bride is brought to the Bridegroom
there will be “…gladness and rejoicing…” The marriage place in
Jewish weddings is called the ‘bethillulah’, which means house of
praise. We see here the ‘People Of Praise’. God the Father will
rejoice over the sovereign plan to see His choice complete. God the Son
will rejoice to see the end of the travail of His soul and the birth of
His Bride. God the Spirit will rejoice to see the completed work of
quickening and sanctification that was committed to His hand. The
angels will rejoice solely because they see great joy coming from the
Trinity though they know not the depth or the why of their joy. We also
see in verse 15 the ‘Place Of Praise’. The saints will be
rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory for they have entered
the king’s palace to be with Him forever. The promise of John 14 is now
complete. “I have prepared a place for you…that where I am ye may be
also.” May we listen for the trumpet that will usher us into the
wedding house of praise.