Psalms 45* This psalm is a prophecy of Messiah the Prince, and points tohim as a Bridegroom espousing the church to himself, and as aKing ruling in it, and for it.1-5 The psalmist's tongue was guided by the Spirit of God, asthe pen is by the hand of a ready writer. This psalm is touchingthe King Jesus, his kingdom and government. It is a shame thatthis good matter is not more the subject of our discourse. Thereis more in Christ to engage our love, than there is or can be inany creature. This world and its charms are ready to draw awayour hearts from Christ; therefore we are concerned to understandhow much more worthy he is of our love. By his word, hispromise, 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. Thepsalmist, ver. #3-5|, joyfully foretells the progress andsuccess of the Messiah. The arrows of conviction are veryterrible in the hearts of sinners, till they are humbled andreconciled; but the arrows of vengeance will be more so to hisenemies who refuse to submit. All who have seen his glory andtasted his grace, rejoice to see him, by his word and Spirit,bring enemies and strangers under his dominion. 6-9 The throne of this almighty King is established for ever.While the Holy Spirit leads Christ's people to look to hiscross, he teaches them to see the evil of sin and the beauty ofholiness; so that none of them can feel encouragement tocontinue in sin. The Mediator is God, else he had been neitherable to do the Mediator's work, nor fit to wear the Mediator'scrown. God the Father, as his God in respect to his human natureand mediatorial offices, has given to him the Holy Spiritwithout measure. Thus anointed to be a Prophet, Priest, andKing, Christ has pre-eminence in the gladdening gifts and gracesof the spirit, and from his fulness communicates them to hisbrethren in human nature. The Spirit is called the oil ofgladness, because of the delight wherewith Christ was filled, incarrying on his undertakings. The salvation of sinners is thejoy of angels, much more of the Son. And in proportion as we areconformed to his holy image, we may expect the gladdening giftsinfluences of the Comforter. The excellences of the Messiah, thesuitableness of his offices, and the sufficiency of his grace,seem to be intended by the fragrance of his garments. The churchformed of true believers, is here compared to the queen, whom,by an everlasting covenant, the Lord Jesus has betrothed tohimself. This is the bride, the Lamb's wife, whose graces arecompared to fine linen, for their purity; to gold, for theircostliness: for as we owe our redemption, so we owe ouradorning, to the precious blood of the Son of God. 10-17 If we desire to share these blessings, we must hearken toChrist's word. We must forget our carnal and sinful attachmentsand pursuits. He must be our Lord as well as our Saviour; allidols must be thrown away, that we may give him our whole heart.And here is good encouragement, thus to break off from formeralliances. The beauty of holiness, both on the church and onparticular believers, is, in the sight of Christ, of greatprice, and very amiable. The work of grace is the workmanship ofthe Spirit, it is the image of Christ upon the soul, a partakingof the Divine nature. It is clear of all sin, there is none init, nor any comes from it. There is nothing glorious in the oldman or corrupt nature; but in the new man, or work of grace uponthe soul, every thing is glorious. The robe of Christ'srighteousness, which he has wrought out for his church, theFather imputes unto her, and bestows upon her. None are broughtto Christ, but those whom the Father brings. This notes theconversion of souls to him. The robe of righteousness, andgarments of salvation, the change of raiment Christ has put uponher. Such as strictly cleave to Christ, loving him in singlenessof heart, are companions of the bride, who partake of the verysame grace, enjoy the same privileges, and share in one commonsalvation. These, every one, shall be brought to the King; notone lost or left behind. Instead of the Old Testament church,there shall be a New Testament church, a Gentile church. In thebelieving hope of our everlasting happiness in the other world,let us always keep up the remembrance of Christ, as our only waythither; and transmit the remembrance of him to succeedinggenerations, that his name may endure for ever
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