Posted: November 16,2008
I write this week some concluding thoughts from
Psalm 45. The Bible title was ‘A Song of Loves’. It is a grand
picture of the relationship between a Bridegroom (The Christ) and His
Bride (The Church).
We have been studying verse 9-17, ‘The
Righteous Bride Described’. Let us look this week at verses 16-17
which says, “Instead of thy fathers shall be
thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. I will
make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the
people praise thee for ever and ever.” I am calling this section
‘The Praise By The Righteous Bride’. Please notice I didn’t say
the ‘praise of’ but the ‘praise by’ the Righteous Bride.
She is doing the praise. She is not being praised.
Let us turn our attention to verse 16
and ‘The Praise Of The Bride’s Lineage’. In verse 16a we find ‘The
Fruit Of Her Lineage’. God will raise up children to take the place
of the fathers. In every generation God has had a remnant. He has
never had a large group in any generation. If we are to calculate all
the generations together it will be a number no man can number. The
Bible emphasizes the fact of God’s little group in every generation. In
Luke 12:32 Jesus said, ‘Fear not little flock; for it is your
Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” The Lord calls His
people a ‘little flock’. In Matthew 7 Jesus speaks of a ‘strait
gate’, narrow and broad way. He tells us that the narrow way leads
to life and only few will find it. The broad way leads to destruction
and many will go that way.
The Lord has given us great spiritual
fathers in our lineage but I am so glad He is raising up the fruit of
children from their fathers. I recently helped celebrate the 40th
anniversary of my former Pastor. He was preaching 40 years ago when the
Lord saved me. I thank him for his faithful gospel preaching. All of
these children and forefathers are a part of the bride.
I see also in verse 16b ‘The
Furtherance Of The Bride’. The Psalmist said the Bridegroom would
make of His people ‘princes in all the earth’. The position of
the Bride here has been one of a lowly servant. One day they shall be
kings, and priests, and rule in all the earth. We are told it will be
of the Bridegroom’s doings. No wonder there is praise given to Him.
In verse 17 we find ‘The Praise Of
The Bride’s Lord’. None of the attention is given to the Bride.
That is the program of an earthly wedding. The heavenly wedding will
find the Bridegroom getting all the praise.
In verse 17a we find ‘The Prior
Praise Of The Lord’. We are told the Lord will cause it to be that
this will never be a generation where they will not remember His name.
I can surely say ‘Jesus is the sweetest name I know and He is just
the same as His lovely name and that’s the reason why I love Him so, for
Jesus is the sweetest name I know.”
I see in verse 17b there will be ‘The
Perpetual Praise Of The Lord’. The people mentioned in verse 17b
are His Bride, the Church. Mary, the mother of Jesus said ‘we will
call his name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins’.
Let us see clearly here one of the privileges of being a part of the
Bride is that we will praise Him ‘for ever and ever’. One writer
said this phrase in the original is without a period at the end. Let me
say with the songwriter, ‘When morning gilds the skies, my heart
awaking cries; May Jesus Christ be praised. This is the eternal song
through all the ages on; May Jesus Christ be praised.’