May 27, 2022 – Friday
Psalm 45:1-2 NIV
1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.
Having gone through the New Testament wherever repent or repentance was found, I thought now to go through the Bible looking where grace might be found. There are only ten instances in the Old Testament, but most of them do not refer to grace as we know grace, as offered by God. However, there are three candidates, and in verse two above we find the first one. In the New Testament there are over 100 instances from which we will pick and choose.
For Psalm 45 we know this is a wedding song to be sung to the tune of “Lilies” from the Sons of Korah. When I read through this Psalm, I am struck by how prophetic it is, as I believe it is about Jesus and His bride – all of His followers. We know from verse one the psalmist is writing about a king and from verse two he is a man blessed by God forever with lips anointed with grace. If we move down to verses six and seven, we read the following about this king, 6 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. In these verses he is clearly God as well. Such a description, fully man and fully God, can only be a description of Jesus. I recommend a reading of the Psalm in full.
Looking specifically at verse two and even more closely at the word grace found there. I am going to refer to Matthew Henry’s comments on grace therein. Matthew Henry writes, He has grace, and he has it for us; Grace is poured into thy lips. By his word, his promise, his gospel, the good-will of God is made known to us and the good work of God is begun and carried on in us. And a bit later, From this grace poured into his lips proceeded those gracious words which all admired and gave a reference to Luke 4:22a, 22a All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. While Matthew Henry has much more to say, I will conclude the following statement of his, The gospel of grace is poured into his lips; for it began to be spoken by the Lord, and from him we receive it. He has the words of eternal life.
Bottom Line: From Jesus and Jesus alone, comes the free gift of grace if we will but receive it by believing and repenting of our sins.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for this Psalm which is so prophetic of Your Son who would come to us to offer grace and through His grace, eternal life. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton