That it is a Messianic psalm is without question. Hebrews 1:8-9 clearly declares that Psalm 45:6-7 refers to God’s Son, the One by whom God has spoken to us in these last days, the One who is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature”, the One who “after making purification for sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:1-3). What a glorious psalm! A song worthy singing. The songwriter thought so.
My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
(Psalm 45:1 ESV)
A pleasing theme. A noble theme (CSB). A good theme (NKJV). Rich. Valuable in estimation. A theme worth chewing on. Such is the theme of the King.
We look back and we see the Servant Son. The One who came the first time not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. We meditate on how “God so loved the world” and our regenerated hearts are stirred with gratitude, our redeemed souls moved to worship. But to cast the mind’s eye to the future when we will behold the Son as the King of kings, to envision that day when we see Him arrayed in might, glory, and majesty? That, says the songwriter, should be enough to make our Spirit-infused hearts overflow with such a pleasing theme.
Paul tells us what to do with pleasing themes.
Finally, brothers [sisters], whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
(Philippians 4:8 ESV)
Is there excellence in the theme of the King? Yes sir! Is there anything worthy of praise in a Sovereign who gave Himself to be our Savior? I’m thinkin’. Should we think about about these things? Absolutely!
Be still my soul. Be still and know that the Son is God. That He is King. And the King really is coming. Think about these things.
Yes, Jesus is true. He is honorable, He is just. Jesus is pure, the King altogether lovely. His name is commendable. In essence He is excellent, defining what it means to be virtuous. Jesus is worthy of praise.
Think about these things. Overflow with a pleasing theme.
In the early morning hours when all is quiet around you, let your heart be stirred with such a noble theme that it is overwhelmed to gushing forth with thoughts fit for the King. Thoughts which escape as whispers declaring the wonder of the King. Whispers becoming songs of the beauty and majesty of the King. And dare to believe such thoughts, whispers, and songs actually bring joy to the King as He hears them in His heavenly kingdom.
A pleasing theme. That’s what I am chewing on this morning.
By His grace. For His glory.
FYI: On the road for the next week to connect with family. Not sure how consistent I will be with getting fingers to keyboard in the morning.
Good stuff, Great King. Have a super time and lots of special moments with your family, Pete! Safe travels.