Sunday, December 19, 2021
Psalm 45 is a beautifully poetic tribute to an unnamed king, praising him for his unmatched beauty, splendor, justice, and grace. So, who is the king so worthy of all this praise? The author gives good reason in vv. 6 and 7 to assume that he is speaking prophetically about Jesus by referring to the king both as God and as a recipient of God’s anointing, and Hebrews 1:8 further identifies Jesus as the subject by quoting Psalm 45 as a description of Jesus. So, if the king is Jesus, then the woman in vv. 10-11 must be the bride of Christ, who scripture tells us is the church. You and me! Jesus is “enthralled by [our] beauty!” (v. 11)
Have you ever simply reflected on the idea that Jesus is enthralled by the beauty of the church? A church that is comprised of imperfect people; a church that is sometimes a better reflection of judgement and complacency than love and grace. But when Jesus looks at his bride, he doesn’t see our failures and our shortcomings, because that’s not our true identity. When he looks at his bride, he’s enthralled by the beauty of who we really are. Let that soak in. I know that the church isn’t perfect, but if Jesus sees enough beauty in the church to be enthralled, then that is the identity we should claim for ourselves and strive to show the world!
Prayer: God, help us to not be discouraged by the times that we as a church don’t properly represent your heart to this world. Instead, let us be encouraged by who you see when you look at us so that we can press on until the whole world sees the beauty that you see in us. Amen.