Psalm 45 - The Wedding Song (The Passion Translation)
His Royal Majesty - King Jesus
v2 You are the most wonderful and winsome of all men. Elegant grace pours out through every word you speak. Truly, God has anointed you, his Favored One for eternity!
v3 Now strap your lightning-sword of judgment upon your side, O Mighty Warrior, so majestic! You are full of beauty and splendor as you go out to war!
v4 In your glory and grandeur go forth in victory! Through your faithfulness and meekness the cause of truth and justice will stand. Awe-inspiring miracles are accomplished by your power, leaving everyone dazed and astonished!...
Her Royal Majesty - His Bridal Church
v9 The daughters of kings, women of honor, are maidens in your courts. And standing beside you, glistening in your pure and golden glory, is the beautiful bride-to-be!
v10 Now listen, daughter, pay attention, and forget about your past. Put behind you every attachment to the familiar, even those who once were close to you! v11 For your Royal Bridegroom is ravished by your beautiful brightness. Bow in reverence before him, for he is your Lord!
v12 Wedding presents pour in from those of great wealth. The royal friends of the Bridegroom shower you with gifts.
v13 As the princess-bride enters the palace, how glorious she appears within the holy chamber, robed with a wedding dress embroidered with pure gold!
v14 Lovely and stunning she leads the procession with all her bridesmaids as they come before you, her Bridegroom-King.
v15 What a grand, majestic entrance! A joyful, glad procession as they enter the palace gates!
v16 Your many sons will one day be kings, just like their Father. They will sit on royal thrones all around the world.
As we start our day we need to remember how our King sees us and how the anticipation builds as we wait for that glorious day when we are united once-and-for-all to the lover of our souls. It is true that those who put their faith in Jesus are one with Him and because of this oneness we walk in the Spirit as His sons and daughters, but it doesn’t end there. There is another heavenly event coming that will far surpass our imaginations and wildest dreams. Somehow there is more of God and more from Him to give to His beloved family. There’s going to be a heavenly party of universal magnitude and we are the guest of honor. God couldn’t think any higher of His church for we are His bride-to-be and He is ravished by our beautiful brightness. So taken by the Church that He has not only given us a catalog of blessings now, but He has an amazing future inheritance for us as well.
Did you know that wedding presents pour in from those of great wealth and by the royal friends of the Bridegroom showering us with gifts? This does not only happen in the future but it is happening now! In our oneness with Jesus we not only possess the eternal gifts of the Spirit and the gifts of Christ, we are getting showered with gifts from those on earth because of the favor of God as well. Do you ever wonder how that money came in at just the right time? Or how you got a random discount on a bill? Or maybe someone in front of you in line at Starbucks paid for your coffee? These are gifts because favor and grace rest on your life. It doesn’t stop there either! We receive gifts from the Bridegroom’s friends! The heavenly host of angels that encamp His throne bring gifts to us on the King's behalf. Have you ever seen a prayer answered? Almost to your surprise the thing you petitioned God for has happened! It’s time we join this heavenly bridal shower that God is continuously hosting. God is a wonderful gift giver and a recruiter of gift givers, and all this gift giving is focused on us. He couldn’t love us any more or any less. His love is full and active and we are the bullseye. The target of His affection is the church and He doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
The key to receiving all this is faith. It’s not by chance and certainly not by luck. Even striving and sacrifice doesn’t release the gifts of God. Those things are good and have there place, but not when it comes to God’s gifts. More trust and more faith releases the funds that are already in your account. Let your faith grab a hold of the gifts being showered over us today. Align your heart with the God of miraculous gift giving and receive today's breakthrough. Is there an area of life you need to trust God with? Is there a place of breakthrough you are seeking? Is there a place of pain and frustration in your life? Use these things to stir up your faith and to release the bountiful blessings heading your way. Remember whose you are and declare your favored position in Christ. Grab a hold of the unseen blessings that God has promised you and watch them unfold in your daily life.
Low on faith today? No worries! God has provided all the tools to stir it up and has provided a Helper that can find the way even when you can’t. Open the Word today and read until your heart is touched by the Holy Spirit. Nothing will build your faith like an encounter with the Holy Spirit in the quiet place alone. Just as we need to continually drink water to stay hydrated we need to go to the quiet place to stay spiritually hydrated. I love getting rocked by God at a big conference with hundreds of my brothers and sisters crowding around a stage of the best worship team on earth. But still, not even that can replace the daily hydrating of the Spirit that transforms even the deepest darkest places. In the quiet place you have no shortage of gifts from the great gift giver. Even in times of pain, loss and struggle the quiet place with God will reveal the gifts all around you. Stir up your faith and join the bridal shower today!
Pastor Tim Felker