March 02, 2019

Anointed with Joy

Psalm 45

You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.

—  Psalm 45:7

This psalm has been called a king’s wedding song. It brims with royal pageantry and wedding imagery. The bridegroom here is a king of God’s people preparing to marry the one he loves. This psalm was probably used at many royal weddings in ancient Israel.

Later in Israel’s history this psalm came to be seen as a picture of the promised Messiah-King, who would come to deliver and unite with God’s people. And in the New Testament God’s people recognize Jesus as the Messiah-Savior and see the church (God’s people) as his bride, based on teachings about a wedding feast in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 22:2; 25:1; Revelation 19:7; 21:2).

The psalmist talks about being anointed with “the oil of joy.” The joy we have in Christ as our Savior can be with us always. And yet we are often distracted by worries and troubles in this world, forgetting the amazing blessings and potential we have as Christ’s anointed ones.

Weddings are joyous events. So even as we deal realistically with the struggles of this world—just as Jesus does—we can look forward to full life with him in the kingdom of God. And we can share that good news with others, so that they too can have this joy— now and forever.

With whom can you share the joy of full life today?

Lord Jesus, we long for joy-filled life forever with you. Thank you for anointing us with joy. Guide us to share it with others, for your sake. Amen.

About the author — Pete Byma

Pete Byma has served as a pastor of congregations in Michigan and in Washington state. Serving now as a pastor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is also a consultant/coach for churches experiencing conflict, and he enjoys equipping and establishing people in ministry. He is married to Cheri, and they have four grown children and six grandchildren. Pete is also a registered soccer official and enjoys bicycling.

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