Psalm 45: Royal Wedding

What good things should we speak and write about God?

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Psalm 45:1 To the minister of music, a “lilies” love song for Korah’s people.
I’m inspired to proclaim what is good. I speak wondrous words about my king. My tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
King James
Psalm 45:1 <To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.> My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

What makes people worthy of praise?

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Psalm 45:2–3 Of all people, you are most handsome. Because your words are always kind, God will bless you forever.
With your sword strapped on your side, almighty King, appear in your majestic splendor.
King James
Psalm 45:2–3 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

How does the reign of a righteous king differ from the rule of a tyrant?

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Psalm 45:4–5 In your majesty, humbly ride in victory for truth and justice. With your powerful right hand, do amazing things.
Sharp arrows will pierce the hearts of the King’s enemies, causing nations to fall before you.
King James
Psalm 45:4–5 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

How does Jesus’ reign compare to the great kings of history?

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Psalm 45:6–8 You’re God, ruling your kingdom with righteousness forever.
You love doing what is right and hate self-centered motives that hold contempt for others, so God himself has given you the highest praise by appointing you to the topmost position. Your garments have the sweet smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia. In palaces adorned with ivory, you enjoy the music of harps.
King James
Psalm 45:6–8 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

How does a king honor his people?

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Psalm 45:9 Daughters of kings are your most honored guests. You queen stands on your right side, adorned with the pure gold of Ophir.
King James
Psalm 45:9 Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

Why is the king’s desire more important than what anyone else wants?

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Psalm 45:10–11 Daughter, pay close attention to the desire of your husband, and forget your father’s house and what others would have you do. Respect and revere the Lord your King so he will desire your beauty.
King James
Psalm 45:10–11 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

What motivates people to bring gifts to a king? Why would the wealthy seek his favor?

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Psalm 45:12 The people of Tyre will bring gifts, and the wealthy will seek your favor.
King James
Psalm 45:12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

Why must the king’s bride be beautiful?

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Psalm 45:13–15 The King’s bride is beautiful within and without. Her dress is woven with golden threads. In luxurious garments, she will approach the King with her bridesmaids following.
They will enter the King’s palace with shouts of joy and celebration.
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Psalm 45:13–15 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.

Why have some kings been much different from their father?

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Psalm 45:16 Your sons will rule like their father, becoming kings in the land.
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Psalm 45:16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

What would cause a king to be remembered forever?

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Psalm 45:17 You will be remembered by all generations, praised by your people forever.
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Psalm 45:17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.