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Psalm 45 – Christ the King Is Victorious

Since it is Christ the King Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to post a Psalm that speaks of Christ as King over all. My favorite is Psalm 2, but I’ve already posted it before. So I did a search on Biblegateway.com to see what other Psalm would be appropriate and decided on Psalm 45.

This is an awesome Psalm. I love the first verse because I know that my own heart is stirred when I think of the nobility of Christ. I have written quite a few verses of poetry in honor of my King, and because He has given me a gift to be able to write those verses honor Him.

But beyond that I love this Psalm because although it was written in part for David as King, because the Holy Spirit was in the writing of it there is a foreshadowing of Christ as the ultimate and final King. In verse 6, we are reminded that the throne of God will last forever and that He rules with justice. Verses 13 to 15 speak of the bride of the King, which is the Church of Christ that will enter His palace with joy and gladness.

This whole Psalm is such a beautiful tribute to Christ our King who is victorious in His quest for truth, humility, and righteousness that flow directly from Him to His people. Praise be to Christ Jesus, our King of kings and Lord of lords.

Psalm 45

    For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.

 1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
   as I recite my verses for the king;
   my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

 2 You are the most excellent of men
   and your lips have been anointed with grace,
   since God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one;
   clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously
   in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;
   let your right hand display awesome deeds.
5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
   let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
   a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
   therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
   by anointing you with the oil of joy.
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
   from palaces adorned with ivory
   the music of the strings makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
   at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

 10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear:
   Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 The king is enthralled by your beauty;
   honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift,
   men of wealth will seek your favor.

 13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
   her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
   her virgin companions follow her
   and are brought to you.
15 They are led in with joy and gladness;
   they enter the palace of the king.

 16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
   you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
   therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

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Christ is King

In the calendar of the liturgical churches, which includes the Lutheran church, tomorrow is Christ the King Sunday. It is the last Sunday of the seasonal church calendar, so that the “year” starts with the first Sunday in Advent. (More on Advent next week).

In my little congregation of Community of Faith, this is a very special Christ the King Sunday for two reasons. First, it marks the end of our first complete church year as a new congregation. Second, and really more important, we will be installing our new permanent lead pastor, Pr. Dave Sorensen, as shepherd of our flock. We are really excited about having Pr. Dave come worship with and lead us. He is a man who definitely lives with Christ as King of his life, and that is so important in a pastor.

But you might be asking, what exactly is Christ the King Sunday and when did it start? This celebration, or feast, of Christ as King was first instituted in the Catholic Church in 1925, and has been adopted into the calendar of the Protestant liturgical churches as well. The purpose of the celebration is focus on Christ as King and Lord of the entire universe. He is not a king in the earthly sense of kings who often rule for their own benefit as tyrants. Rather, Jesus is a servant King who rules in the hearts and minds of those who choose to follow Him, and who calls His people to service toward one another.

One important scriptural basis for exalting and celebrating Jesus as King of all is found in John 18:28-37 (NIV):

Jesus Before Pilate

Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

“If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” the Jews objected. This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled.

Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

I love that we end the church year with Christ as King. We begin in Advent by celebrating His coming as a helpless little baby at Christmas and then end the year with Him exalted above all the earth, having conquered sin and death on the cross, been raised from the dead, and sent His Holy Spirit to reign in the hearts of His people. His rule is one of love and mercy for the humble, but justice for the proud and wicked. He is able to rule lovingly and justly because He alone understands the heart of each person who ever lived. He understands our motives and our struggles. He knows that alone we are nothing, but that with His grace and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be the kingdom He desires to rule.

Is Jesus King and Lord of your life? Does He reign in your heart? Do you know the love and mercy of this wonderful Christ the King? He desires to know you, to love you, to show you mercy and grace. He desires to have you as part of His wonderful kingdom, a kingdom that transcends your earthly location or nationality. All you have to do is ask Him to come rule in your life. So what are you waiting for? Maybe this Advent will mark the beginning of the first full church year of your life in Christ.

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