Read Psalm 45:1-17
In your majesty ride forth victoriously
in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;
let your right hand display awesome deeds.
As you read this song, you will likely recognize that some verses (Psalm 45:6-7) were interpreted and employed by the New Testament writers as the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy. In Hebrews 1:7-9, the writer records that God himself inspired the sons of Korah to foretell of Jesus when they wrote,
Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.
But back in the title of this psalm and you will also see that it was a love song, probably written for a wedding. This was the ancient Hebrew equivalent to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” or “Colour My World” or “Nothing Compares To You” or, sorry, some other syrupy song we’re forced to endure at weddings. In the case of this psalm, however, there is nothing syrupy or shallow about it.
In fact, there is something compelling and desperately needful here that we would do well to teach our children as they prepare for marriage. Now I know I am swimming upstream against the overwhelming currents of culture, but perhaps you and I can start a romantic revolution on this one. I hope you will help me—because the fact that we have ignored the message of this psalm in our society has caused, at best, extreme disappointment in many marriages, and at worst, nightmarish relational disaster.
So what am I talking about? Simply and sadly this: We have elevated charisma and charm over character as the key attraction quotient in romantic relationships. The general trend is to put body types and bank accounts, personality types and earning potential at the top of the list, while godliness and goodness, inner fortitude and a committed core are too often ignored.
I know, what I’m proposing doesn’t sound very romantic by Hollywood’s standards, but it sure is a great deal more enduring and consistently satisfying. A couple that pays attention to my relational checklist will find something far better than physical attraction: A lifetime of fulfillment and fruitfulness.
Did you notice what the psalmist said made prince charming so charming? It was his personal integrity (“truth”), the balanced view he held of himself along with his deference to others (”humility”), and his godly character (“righteousness”). Maybe if we’d start teaching our children and grandchildren to value those qualities above all others instead of letting MTV decide what’s best for them, we could start that romantic revolution!
“Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ