A pleasing theme

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My heart is inditing a good matter. Psalm 45:1

Or, "My heart overflows with a pleasing theme" (ESV). This is the first verse of the 45th Psalm, a Psalm which is referred in the New Testament to Jesus (cf. Heb. 1:8-9, quoting Psalm 45:6-7). Though it was originally a psalm for the enthronement of one of David's sons as king of Judah, we know that Jesus Christ is the ultimate son of David who rules on his throne forever.

And so how much more should the theme of his enthronement be pleasing to us? Today, let us consider this "good matter." Let us rejoice, first, that Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings. He has conquered death, hell, and the grave, and is waiting until all his enemies are made a footstool for his feet. One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. How pleasing this should be to those who though they have not seen him, love him and rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. We are glad, for the fact that Christ is Lord means that all the evil in this world will one day be put to an end. Justice will be done. Iniquity will not have the last word, for Jesus is Lord.

Second, let us rejoice in the glory that Christ our Lord receives as the enthroned Lord. It is true that not all yet acknowledge him. But in heaven he sits at the Father's right hand, and receives all the praise from the spirits of just men made perfect and from the holy angels. It is at his feet that the redeemed put their crowns. Whereas he was once poor, humiliated and shamed, yet now he is resplendent in glory, honor, and praise. Dear saint, should this not thrill your soul? Is this not a pleasing theme?

Third, let us rejoice in the glory that we will receive with the glorified Christ. For the "king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace. Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth" (Psalm 45:13-16). Let us not seek or desire or rejoice in the glory that this world gives, for it is fading and cheap. But with everlasting gladness and rejoicing the redeemed are brought into the presence of their King. Let us rejoice in that.

Yes, brothers and sisters, this is a pleasing theme. Let us not forget that whatever our lot is today, our King and Lord is in heaven, and he is bringing us there, to see and to savor his glory forever.

By: Jeremiah Bass