Praising Christ as the King in Himself, in the Church as His Queen, and in All His Sons, the Overcomers as the Princes
Scripture Reading: Eph. 5:25-27; Psa. 45:1-17

I. The entire Bible is a divine romance, a record of how God courts His chosen people and eventually marries them:

  1. The Lord’s recovery is for the fulfillment of Matthew 16:18 and Revelation 19:7-8—the building up of Christ’s church and the preparation of Christ’s bride.

  2. When we as God’s people enter into a love relation-ship with God, we receive His life, just as Eve received the life of Adam (Gen. 2:21-22).

  3. It is this life that enables us to become one with God and makes Him one with us.

  4. We keep the law, not by exercising our mind and will (cf. Rom. 7:18-25) but by loving the Lord as our Husband and thereby partaking of His life and nature to become one with Him as His enlargement and expression to be the living portrait of God.

  5. We are not letter-keepers of the law but loving seekers of God; we love Christ as our Redeemer, as the life-giving Spirit, and as our Bridegroom (Psa. 119:58; Eph. 5:25-27).

  6. In order for God and His people to be one, there must be a mutual love between them (John 14:21, 23).

  7. The love between God and His people unfolded in the Bible is primarily like the affectionate love between a man and a woman (Jer. 2:2; 31:3).

  8. As God’s people love God and spend time to fellow-ship with Him in His word, God infuses them with His divine element, making them one with Him as His spouse, the same as He is in life, nature, and expres-sion (cf. Gen. 2:18-25).

II. Psalm 45, the highest and greatest of all the psalms, is one of the psalms of the sons of Korah, a song of love accord-ing to the melody of “lilies”; it praises Christ as the King in Himself, in the church as His queen, and in the overcomers as His princes:

  1. The great work of God is to restore the desolated building of God and to recover “the sons of Korah” by transforming rebellious ones, through His unlimited mercy and grace, into Christ’s overcomers to make them the constituents of His bride, His overcoming queen (Num. 16:1-3; Psa. 106:16; 26:11; ch. 42, title; 1 Chron. 6:33-37; Psa. 88, title; Rev. 19:7-9).

  2. If we are those who affectionately love the Lord, we eventually become His love, His favorite (S.S. 1:1-4, 14-15; 2:4).

  3. A lily denotes a pure, simple, single life of trusting in God (vv. 1-2; Matt. 6:28-29; cf. 1 Kings 7:17-19).

  4. If we have an affectionate love for the Lord Jesus, our tongue will be the pen of a ready writer, ready to write our love for Him and our praise to Him with our experience and enjoyment of Him according to all that He is in His full ministry (Psa. 45:1; cf. Matt. 12:34b; 2 Cor. 3:3, 6; Isa. 6:5-7).

  5. Psalm 45 praises Christ the King as unveiled in the four Gospels (Psa. 45:1-8; Matt. 1:1):

  6. Psalm 45 praises Christ the King in praising the queen, the church, His wife, as revealed in the Epistles (Psa. 45:9-15).

  7. Psalm 45 praises Christ the King in praising His sons, the overcomers as the princes, as seen in Revelation (Psa. 45:16-17).