September 11, 2021

A Wedding Toast

Psalm 45:1-9

“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”

—  Revelation 19:9

Many biblical psalms are about the king of Israel. Take Psalm 45. It was written for a king’s wedding, probably by the master of ceremonies. He invites everyone to raise a glass. Then he begins with compliments like these: “My king, you are the most excellent of men. You are mighty and victorious, a conqueror of nations. And your lips, even your lips—I hope the bride is listening—your lips have been anointed with grace.”

Wow! The king is quite the catch!

But then the emcee goes too far. Still singing the king’s praises, he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever” (v. 6). Do you hear that? He calls the king “God”! That can’t be right. Whatever the literal words say, they have to mean something else, right? There is no way that the king is God! Well, hold on. Suppose Psalm 45 is about Jesus. He is the king of Israel, after all. And suppose Jesus fills that psalm with new meaning. He is God, after all. And suppose Jesus has a wedding of his own. He is the Lamb of God, after all. And at his wedding supper, it will make perfect sense for the emcee to raise a glass and say to him, “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever.” After all, Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords!

King Jesus, you are the most excellent of men. You conquered sin and death and set your people free. “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever.” Amen.

About the author — Bob Arbogast

Bob Arbogast is the pastor of Celebration Fellowship church in Ionia, Michigan. In his spare time, he plays guitar in a West Michigan blues band. He and his wife Jan have been married forty years and have three adult daughters. Bob has been praying the psalms since 2002.

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