A Real Cinderella Story!
Read Psalm Chapter 45
Ps 45:10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house. 11 The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
There are several scriptural passages which allude to the idea that Christians are the Lord’s “brides.” This chapter is a wedding song. The Psalmist beautifully described the wedding and its meaning to both the bride and the groom. Since the groom is described as a king, it very well may have been written for King David. But I really don’t know. Our focus today will be on verses 10 and 11.
The writer implored the bride to forget her people and her father’s house. The application to the king’s bride is quite appropriate for us just as well. Because we have betrothed ourselves to God and Christ, we have an obligation to come away from our worldly “family,” leaving it far behind us as we give ourselves to God. We are to come to Him with nothing, which we truly do. We have nothing to offer Him except ourselves and our loyalty. Anything we attempt to bring with us into the relationship will hinder our relationship with our Groom.
An additional application can be gathered as we forget our father’s house. Since the father of this world is Satan, what is there within his house which is worth clinging to? The emphatic answer is “Nothing!” There is nothing in our “father’s” house that is so valuable that we should cling to it. Our application is quite simple. Our “father’s house” includes same-sex actions; therefore, we must forget, or abandon, that and everything else which resides in Satan’s house.
All of that is worthy of serious consideration, but the most beautiful part of this passage is from verse 11. Our King is enthralled by our beauty. I don’t know what that beauty is, but I surely am happy that He found something about us which is beautiful. Speaking only for myself, I can’t see anything about myself which would be alluring to our holy, perfect, God. It is an amazing thought – that the Creator Himself wants us to be by His side for all eternity!
Hos 2:16 “In that day,” declares the LORD, “you will call Me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my Master.’
The concluding thought is this. We have every reason to honor Him, for He is our Lord. Why, O why, do we hesitate to distance ourselves from our “father’s house,” when all that is found in it is rubbish? Why do we continue to linger at home, when a mansion and eternal kingdom awaits us and is there for the taking? There should be no hesitation on our part, but a rushing to abandon our people and our father’s house, and reside eternally in the castle of the King!
Prayer: This is all true, Lord. You are the Groom, and we are the lowly bride. We cannot grasp the enormity of this concept! Help us understand, and help us to see clearly, that our house has nothing valuable to offer us, but Your house is chock full of indescribable blessings!