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Psalm 45: A Wedding Song

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Psalm.

The excitement of a wedding day! Brides in beautiful gowns, an abundance of sweet-smelling flowers, nervous grooms and fathers waiting in the wings for the bride to make her entrance—and all are overflowing with a sense of expectancy that fills the air. The reason behind all of the extravagance, beyond the legal joining of two individuals together, is to celebrate a wonderful event and to capture it as something to remember for all time. This psalm is a celebration, both for the joy of the day and for the joy that is still to come.

Warming Up to God

Reflect for a moment on the character of your God. He is the powerful judge and the Creator who flung the stars into space. But he is also the one who knows and loves you and became your Savior. Let this knowledge fill you with peace as you look to the words of God.

Read Psalm 45

Discovering the Word

  • Psalm 45 is a wedding song celebrating the marriage of a king of David's dynasty to a foreign princess. Twice in the psalm the poet refers to himself. What does he say are his purposes for writing (vv. 1, 17)?
  • What are the characteristics of this king?
  • How could these verses (particularly 6-7) refer to more than David's reign?
  • Verses 6 and 7 are quoted in Hebrews 1 and are used to describe the reign of Jesus Christ. How could the description of the king in this passage be applied to Christ?
  • What are the characteristics of the bride, and what is the attitude surrounding her coming (vv. 10-16)?

Applying the Word

  • We are Christ's bride. What promises do you see for yourself in this passage?
  • What kind of a response does seeing the majesty of Christ cause in your own life?

Responding in Prayer

Thank God that your heart has been "stirred by a noble theme"—the promises of the King coming for his bride. Praise him for his majesty and the overwhelming awe that you feel because he has chosen you to be his bride.