The King is getting married! [draft sermon outline]
Published October 19th, 2022
Your Throne, O God, Is Forever 45 To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil 1 of v the Sons of Korah; a love song. 1 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of w a ready scribe. 2 You are x the most handsome of the sons of men; y grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. 3 z Gird your a sword on your thigh, O b mighty one, in c your splendor and majesty! 4 In your majesty d ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you e awesome deeds! 5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you. 6 f Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The g scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 7 h you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore i God, your God, has j anointed you with the oil of k gladness l beyond your companions; 8 your robes are all fragrant with m myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces n stringed instruments make you glad; 9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; o at your right hand stands the queen in p gold of Ophir. 10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house, 11 and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your q lord, r bow to him. 12 The people 1 of Tyre will s seek your favor with t gifts, u the richest of the people. 2 13 All glorious is v the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold. 14 w In many-colored robes x she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her. 15 With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king. 16 In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them y princes in all the earth. 17 z I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.
45 1 לַמְנַצֵּ֣חַ עַל ־ שֹׁ֭שַׁנִּים לִבְנֵי ־ קֹ֑רַח מַ֝שְׂכִּ֗יל שִׁ֣יר יְדִידֹֽת ׃ 2 רָ֘חַ֤שׁ לִבִּ֨י ׀ דָּ֘בָ֤ר ט֗וֹב אֹמֵ֣ר אָ֭נִי מַעֲשַׂ֣י לְמֶ֑לֶךְ לְ֝שׁוֹנִ֗י עֵ֤ט ׀ סוֹפֵ֬ר מָהִֽיר ׃ 3 יָפְיָפִ֡יתָ מִבְּנֵ֬י אָדָ֗ם ה֣וּצַק חֵ֭ן בְּשְׂפְתוֹתֶ֑יךָ עַל ־ כֵּ֤ן בֵּֽרַכְךָ֖ אֱלֹהִ֣ים לְעוֹלָֽם ׃ 4 חֲגֽוֹר ־ חַרְבְּךָ֣ עַל ־ יָרֵ֣ךְ גִּבּ֑וֹר ה֝וֹדְךָ֗ וַהֲדָרֶֽךָ ׃ 5 וַהֲדָ֬רְךָ֨ 1 ׀ צְלַ֬ח רְכַ֗ב עַֽל ־ דְּבַר ־ אֱ֭מֶת וְעַנְוָה ־ צֶ֑דֶק וְתוֹרְךָ֖ נוֹרָא֣וֹת יְמִינֶֽךָ ׃ 6 חִצֶּ֗יךָ שְׁנ֫וּנִ֥ים עַ֭מִּים תַּחְתֶּ֣יךָ יִפְּל֑וּ בְּ֝לֵ֗ב אוֹיְבֵ֥י הַמֶּֽלֶךְ ׃ 7 כִּסְאֲךָ֣ אֱ֭לֹהִים עוֹלָ֣ם וָעֶ֑ד שֵׁ֥בֶט מִ֝ישֹׁ֗ר שֵׁ֣בֶט מַלְכוּתֶֽךָ ׃ 8 אָהַ֣בְתָּ צֶּדֶק֮ וַתִּשְׂנָ֫א רֶ֥שַׁע עַל ־ כֵּ֤ן ׀ מְשָׁחֲךָ֡ אֱלֹהִ֣ים אֱ֭לֹהֶיךָ שֶׁ֥מֶן שָׂשׂ֗וֹן מֵֽחֲבֵרֶֽיךָ ׃ 9 מֹר ־ וַאֲהָל֣וֹת קְ֭צִיעוֹת כָּל ־ בִּגְדֹתֶ֑יךָ מִֽן ־ הֵ֥יכְלֵי שֵׁ֝֗ן מִנִּ֥י שִׂמְּחֽוּךָ ׃ 10 בְּנ֣וֹת מְ֭לָכִים בְּיִקְּרוֹתֶ֑יךָ נִצְּבָ֥ה שֵׁגַ֥ל לִֽ֝ימִינְךָ֗ בְּכֶ֣תֶם אוֹפִֽיר ׃ 11 שִׁמְעִי ־ בַ֣ת וּ֭רְאִי וְהַטִּ֣י אָזְנֵ֑ךְ וְשִׁכְחִ֥י עַ֝מֵּ֗ךְ וּבֵ֥ית אָבִֽיךְ ׃ 12 וְיִתְאָ֣ו הַמֶּ֣לֶךְ יָפְיֵ֑ךְ כִּי ־ ה֥וּא אֲ֝דֹנַ֗יִךְ וְהִשְׁתַּֽחֲוִי ־ לֽוֹ ׃ 13 וּבַֽת ־ צֹ֨ר ׀ בְּ֭מִנְחָה פָּנַ֥יִךְ יְחַלּ֗וּ עֲשִׁ֣ירֵי עָֽם ׃ 14 כָּל ־ כְּבוּדָּ֣ה בַת ־ מֶ֣לֶךְ פְּנִ֑ימָה מִֽמִּשְׁבְּצ֖וֹת זָהָ֣ב לְבוּשָֽׁהּ ׃ 15 לִרְקָמוֹת֮ תּוּבַ֪ל לַ֫מֶּ֥לֶךְ בְּתוּל֣וֹת אַ֭חֲרֶיהָ רֵעוֹתֶ֑יהָ מ֖וּבָא֣וֹת לָֽךְ ׃ 16 תּ֭וּבַלְנָה 1 בִּשְׂמָחֹ֣ת וָגִ֑יל תְּ֝בֹאֶ֗ינָה בְּהֵ֣יכַל מֶֽלֶךְ ׃ 17 תַּ֣חַת אֲ֭בֹתֶיךָ יִהְי֣וּ בָנֶ֑יךָ תְּשִׁיתֵ֥מוֹ לְ֝שָׂרִ֗ים בְּכָל ־ הָאָֽרֶץ ׃ 18 אַזְכִּ֣ירָה שִׁ֭מְךָ בְּכָל ־ דֹּ֣ר וָדֹ֑ר עַל ־ כֵּ֥ן עַמִּ֥ים יְ֝הוֹדֻ֗ךָ לְעֹלָ֥ם וָעֶֽד ׃
The King is getting married! Intro : A love song. Like a mini song of songs. Human marriage is a real-life metaphor for the real thing (Christ and his church), not the other way round. A massive Biblical-theological theme. Genesis, mirrored in Revelation. Along the way, Hosea. Song of Solomon. Ephesians. The key 'indicative' is that human marriage is an institution given to show/reflect the cosmic marriage: the gift of people from all nations to the Son. The implication for us is not so much 'now go and create a good marriage'. It's, now rest in awe and delight and thankfulness that you are a part of this. Know that you are a treasure to Jesus. Come to know the beauty of the King. Make sure you are at this wedding feast. 1. The King is worthy, mighty, and victorious (v1-5) v1 bursting out of the writer. v2 beautiful. Not necessarily 'good looks'. But attractiveness. Gracious speech. Conquering v3-5. And v4 makes clear this is a special kind of King and conquer; the 'meekness'/'humility'/'affliction'/'lowliness'. 2. The King is God, and anointed by God in splendour (v6-9) v6 comes as a surprise. Is the King God?! And a connection to last Psalm 44.4 Also Psalm 110. Compare v7. Hebrews 1.1-14, especially v8 makes it fully clear. Oil of gladness from your companions. The King is fully God and yet a man. Anointed by God: 'messiah' (Christ). This is cryptic until the coming of the Son of Man. 3. The King loves his bride, and she is welcomed with glory and delight (v10-15) Ultimately, we the church are the bride being welcomed into awesome glory. How we are to understand, 'forget your people and your Father's house'. Questions: Is this just a picture of outdated patriarchy? And how should men who feel awkward with the idea of being a 'bride' make sense of it? NB when a groom sees his bride on his wedding day, he desires her in her beauty - but it is not at that moment a lust thing. v12 mega wealth. Utter joy v15. God's glory . He has planned a glorious wedding, the gift of the nations to his Son. FCF . We are cold towards the Son's beauty. H1. Outright pagan. Mocking Jesus and his people. H2. Outwardly religious in formal activity and the language of ppraise/delight, but not accompanied by sincere joy and love for Jesus. Person of Jesus . He is the worthy, might, victorious King of this Psalm, who has conquered through his own self-giving, his own meekness and righteousness. He is the one whom God has anointed, the Messiah. He loves and desires his people. We are his treasure. Work of Jesus. Death. He conquers ironically; through self-giving. He put our sinful coldness to death. Life. He has poured out his life-giving Spirit to bring us to love and adore him. He returns with sword to judge. Union with Jesus . We enjoy this union already now, yet still to come. Invitation. Make sure you are at the wedding of the lamb! Come and know his love. Confrontation. Make sure you are dressed in good deeds, showing the life of the Son through your fruit. Consolation. The King desires his people. We will enjoy unbelievable joy and gladness soon. We are caught up in a cosmic wedding. 4. The King will reign forever and ever (v16-17) A word to this king and his dynasty, an eternal one v16-17. We will reign with him. Wrap up : Language is bursting at the seams to express what it unspeakably great; the marriage of Jesus to his church. The implication for us is not so much 'now go and create a good marriage'. It's, now rest in awe and delight and thankfulness that you are a part of this. Know that you are a treasure to Jesus. Come to know the beauty of the King. Make sure you are at this wedding feast.