the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of
Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.
Comments: Very obviously, from the title, a song composed
for a wedding which, as the text shows, is a royal wedding. A
song that extols in turn both the king and his bride.]
1: v.1-9: Focus on the Groom, the King
It is an honourable task to write for the king
heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
The king, blessed by God, is to be honoured
are the most excellent of men
and your lips have been anointed with
since God has blessed you forever.
He is a warrior who brings justice for his people & triumphs
over his enemies
your sword on your side, you mighty one;
clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
your majesty ride forth victoriously
in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies;
let the nations fall beneath your feet.
This throne is God-appointed to bring justice to the kingdom
throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter
of your kingdom.
Because you have a righteous & good heart, God has elevated
love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above
by anointing you with the oil of joy
your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
from palaces adorned with ivory
the music of the strings makes you glad.
of kings are among your honored women;
at your right hand is the royal bride
in gold of Ophir.
2: v.10-17: Focus on the Bride, her beauty & her place in
Advice to the bride: give yourself to your groom and leave the
daughter, and pay careful attention:
Forget your people and your father's house.
the king be enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.
Even the wealthy of the north will so gift you, your beauty will
city of Tyre will come with a gift,
people of wealth will seek your favor.
glorious is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold.
embroidered garments she is led to the king;
her virgin companions follow her—
those brought to be with her.
in with joy and gladness,
they enter the palace of the king.
Your future will be established, your sons exalted with world
sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes throughout
will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
therefore the nations will praise you
for ever and ever.
Thoughts: The King is extolled for who he is and (inferred)
what he has done. The Queen is extolled for her beauty, her position,
and her role in creating future generations of this dynasty. For
those who would see in this psalm a ‘type' of Jesus and his church,
he is seen as the all-victorious king who brings grace, truth
and justice, while his bride is seen for the beauty she has received
[Isa 61:10] and the way she has lived [see Rev 19:7,8] and her
place in history perpetuating the kingdom through her children.
For the concept of the church being Christ's bride, see Mt 9:15,
25:1-, Jn 3:29, Rev 19:7, 21:2,9,17]
to Psa 46