Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Psalms 45:4aAnd in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth humility, and righteousness;
Psalm 45 has a unique position among the Psalms of the Bible. It is referred to by the Bible scholars as a Love Song and as a Wedding Song. It describes in detail scene of a King arriving on the in near future. Historically all Jewish Kings were anointed with oil before coronation. Here, the King is anointed by God Almighty with the oil of joy (v.7). There is no question therefore that the Psalm is describing the Messiah who according to the Scriptures, must appear to save the Jewish nation from utter destruction.
The Psalm may be interpreted to mean that it proclaims the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. It is also latent within the text of the Psalm that it also points towards the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This Psalm contains many clues as to how the Messiah will administer His Kingdom. The conduct of affairs of His Kingdom will be according to the characteristics of the King himself. Three of such characteristics the Psalmist points out are: Truth, Humility and Righteousness. The Messiah builds and rules His Kingdom based on these three bed-rock principles.
The Psalmist is clear that the nation that the Messiah builds is His church. He names it as His bride. It is very clear from the Psalm that this Kingdom is eternal. He is going to build it overcoming the enemies and any other opposition. It gives us, His followers (Christians) a blueprint for the process of the building of a nation. Any nation built outside these principles will not stand. Just as Messiah is building His church in this world, a Christian must handle his/her responsibility of building a nation.
A Christian will imitate Christ in all respects. Any creative work he/she performs will emanate the fragrance of Christ. It will start at home, extend to the community and ultimately to the nation and the world.
America, as a nation has undeniable Biblical roots. But when we observe this nation and world at large, it presents a pathetic sight. The principles that the Psalmist emphasizes are nowhere in sight. Truth, Humility and Righteousness have lost their shape and form. As Christians, we have an urgent task at hand. Let us come together in unison, and with the grace of our Lord, bring these qualities of true humanity to fruition.
Lord, we need your help. Strengthen us Lord to bring back truth, humility, and righteousness in everyday life so that we can thrive as a nation. We pray that You come and establish Your Kingdom in this world once and for all.
Thought for the Day
“These words may be rendered. ‘Ride forth upon truth and meekness and righteousness’- three noble chargers to draw the war-chariot of the gospel – Spurgeon.
Abraham Mammen, Epiphany Mar Thoma Church, New York