Psalm 45

Ask God to show you more about himself as you read through Psalm 45. Write down some
adjectives or descriptions of our Lord that you find as you read along.

Beautiful words stir my heart.
    I will recite a lovely poem about the king,
    for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
You are the most handsome of all.
    Gracious words stream from your lips.
    God himself has blessed you forever.
 
Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!
    You are so glorious, so majestic!
In your majesty, ride out to victory,
    defending truth, humility, and justice.
    Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!
 
Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts.
    The nations fall beneath your feet.
 
Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
    You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
    Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,
    pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

Psalm 45:1-7

Art has a way of depicting life in a unique and beautiful way using materials and mediums such
as color, paint, different textures and more. Sometimes when you view a piece of art, it actually
draws our attention to something we've never noticed before about something we’ve seen
dozens of times depending on the subject.
Psalm 45 is what commentaries consider as a Messianic Psalm. Although it was written long
before Jesus was born on this earth, this piece of artful and deeply meaningful scripture points
directly to Him. Here we read that He is a mighty warrior, glorious, majestic, he rides out to
victory. We can discover and comprehend something about Him that perhaps we didn’t catch
when reading the Gospels. Like a work of art depicting something we’ve seen multiple times,
perhaps this Psalms opens up another way we too can see Jesus.
So, what can we learn about God is in this Psalm? Does this Psalm stir up praise? While I was
reading this Psalm, I was encouraged and challenged by how it describes the Lord in terms of
justice: “ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice (v.4),” “you rule with a scepter
of justice (v. 6) ,” and “you love justice and hate evil (v. 7).” With so much injustice in the news,
like racial injustice and economic injustice, the world is groaning for Jesus to return and make
everything new.

Action Steps:
1. Read Revelation 21:3-5. Write down how this verse makes you feel. Pray for God’s kingdom
to come on this earth.
2. If God loves justice and hates evil, how does that challenge you to examine your life? Do you
love justice? Do you believe in defending truth and justice? How can you love justice practically
in your life today?

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