Perfect in Beauty

“From Zion, from that which is made perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” (Psalm 50:2) The majority of translations render this a little more idiomatically, “From Zion, the perfection of beauty…” and such is a perfectly legitimate way to render the phrase מִכְלַל־יֹפִי (miklal-yopiy). Clearly the psalmist is praising God and celebrating the place of… Read More

God’s Preaching

“A Psalm of Asaph.  God, the Great God, Yahweh! He commands and proclaims to the earth from the rising sun unto its setting.” (Psalm 50:1) What an amazing beginning to this psalm. Literally it reads: אֵל אֱלֹהִים יהוח (El, Elohim, Yahweh) — three names of God, each getting more specific as it leads to the… Read More

A Written Record of His People

“Yahweh makes a record in writing of his people; ‘This one was born there.’ Selah!” (Psalm 87:6) Yahweh makes a record in writing of his people. Indeed. Such is language that anticipates what we know better as the Lamb’s Book of Life (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; 13:8;17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27). Yet, do not think of this… Read More

The Wedding Feast of the Lamb

“All glorious is the daughter of the King within, her robes with gold filigree. In colorfully embroidered robes she is led to the king with her virgin companions after her — coming to you. They are brought with jubilation and rejoicing as they enter the palace of the King.” (Psalm 45:14-16 {verses 13-15 in English})… Read More

The Glory of Christ and the glory of Man

“Hear, daughter, and see for yourself; incline your ear. Forget your people and the house of your father. The king will desire your beauty. Because he is your Lord, worship him. The daughter of Tyre will offer gifts before you; the wealthy people will appease you.” (Psalm 45:11-13 {verses 10-12 in English}) The language of… Read More

The Fragrance of Christ

“Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cinnamon; from palaces of ivory, stringed instruments continually rejoice you. The daughters of kings are amongst your nobles; your queen stands at your right hand in gold from Ophir.” (Psalm 45:9-10 {verses 8-9 in English}) Here we have the King, the Messiah — we have Jesus,… Read More

My God Reigns

“Your throne, God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.” (Psalm 45:7 {verse 6 in English}) Indeed, God rules forever and ever and his throne is eternal. As Isaiah writes: How beautiful on the mountains are the feet who brings good news, making peace heard — good news,… Read More

Weilding the Word in Victory

“In your majesty, mount your steed and charge with the word of truth, humility, and righteousness and your right hand instruct you in fearful things.” (Psalm 45:5 {verse 4 in English}) The word picture that is being portrayed here is that of the Messiah riding victoriously into battle with his sword held high. This is… Read More

Splendor and Majesty

“Put your sword upon your thigh, great warrior — in your splendor and in your majesty.” (Psalm 45:4 {verse 3 in English}) The phrase, “the splendor and majesty” is a common one when referring to God. Thus, when David is bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, he presents the Sons of Asaph with… Read More


“You are more magnificent than the Sons of Adam; grace pours from your lips. Therefore, God has blessed you forever.” (Psalm 45:3 {verse 2 in English}) Many English Bibles translate the first Hebrew word in this verse as “beautiful” or “fair,” though it should be noted that the NIV chooses the better term, “excellent,” here.… Read More

The Last Generation

“Going around Zion, encircle her,  counting her towers, You will establish your heart — the ramparts through her palace. You shall continually write this for the sake of the last generation.” (Psalm 48:13-14 {verses 12-13 in English}) So the singing is continued (previous verse) and while singing those who are in Jerusalem are to encircle… Read More


“Let Mount Zion rejoice! Let the daughters of Judah shout in exultation! Because of your judgments.” (Psalm 48:12 {verse 11 in English}) What a contrast that we find here between the celebration of the daughters of Judah and the lamentation that Jesus speaks of in Luke 23:28 as he is being led up the hills… Read More

Pondering Steadfast Love

“We have pondered, O God, your steadfast love; in the inward parts of your temple.” (Psalm 48:10 {verse 9 in English}) On the value of pondering the covenant faithfulness of God! How rarely we give ourselves to that practice in an adequate way. In today’s world, it seems that we rarely ponder much of anything… Read More


“Trembling seized them; labor pains like giving birth.” (Psalm 48:7 {verse 6 in English}) In our society today, how rarely we take seriously the idea of being under God’s judgment. We make jokes about it, there are movies that celebrate it, and people write books suggesting that if anything, Hell would be more fun than… Read More

The Fright of the Condemned

“For behold, the kings gathered together  and they passed by it together.  They saw it and thus were terrified; They were horrified and ran away in haste.” (Psalm 48: 5-6 {verses 4-5 in English}) It does not take much reflection to recognize just how often it plays out in history that the nations have waged… Read More