Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 26, 2016

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 45.

“My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

3 Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
4 And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
5 Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
7 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
8 All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
9 Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

10 Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house;
11 Then the King will desire your beauty.
Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.
12 The daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
The rich among the people will seek your favor.

13 The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
14 She will be led to the King in embroidered work;
The virgins, her companions who follow her,
Will be brought to You.
15 They will be led forth with gladness and rejoicing;
They will enter into the King’s palace.

16 In place of your fathers will be your sons;
You shall make them princes in all the earth.
17 I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever.”  Psalm chapter 45.

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Today’s Scripture is figurative and poetic like the Songs of Solomon, and it presents a vivid picture of God and His kingdom.

We see God’s soverignty and God’s justice in verse 6.  God rules justly over everything forever and ever.

We see God’s grace in verse 2. We think of Christ about Whom it is said:  “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”  John 1:16.

We see God’s splendor and God’s majesty in God’s victorious strength in verse 3.

We see God’s truth, God’s meekness, and God’s righteousness, all in victorious majesty in God’s kingdom in verse 4.

We see God’s love of righteousness and God’s hate of wickedness in verse 7.  There is no lukewarm tolerance of everything in God’s kingdom.

We see the beauty, gladness, rejoicing, and thankfulness of God’s people in God’s kingdom in verses 11-17.

In my words, we see the “Total Perfect Triumph” of God and His kingdom which Reformed Doctrine continually presents, a sharp contrast to the god of other doctrine which is continually wringing his hands at what man is doing according to his alleged free-will.


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