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To the Chief Musician. Set to "The Lilies." A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah. A Song of Love. Psalms 45:1-17

VV 1-2 To the Chief Musician. Set to "The Lilies." A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah. A Song of Love. My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.

VV 3-8 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty. And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.

VV 9-17 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies; The peoples fall under You. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. Kings' daughters are among Your honorable women; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father's house; So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him.

And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among the people will seek your favor. The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; Her clothing is woven with gold. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King's palace.

Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, Whom You shall make princes in all the earth. I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.

What was: VV 1-2 The introduction of the King. Short but succinct and potent. “A good theme”, “fairer”, “grace”, “blessed forever”,

What is: VV3-8 The Warrior. Read this section with an eye towards those armaments that the LORD considers necessary and sufficient. Consider the power of the love of righteousness and the hatred of wickedness. What a one-two punch. The last line of V 8 brings to mind the 1stline of the chorus of one of my favorite hymns. “Out of the ivory palaces, only His great eternal love, made my Savior go.”

What Will be: VV 9-17 Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."

The marriage of the Lamb and Bride; what a glorious time as those prophetic words on the Cross which were spoken long before in temporal time; an instant in the LORD, God the Almighty's time. John 19:30 “It is finished” The LORD, God, the Almighty's plan for the restoration of their Creation. This will be the last step. That majestic click as all snaps into place.

Read this section carefully as the Psalmist describes in great detail the beauty of the Bride. This entire Psalm is loaded with guidance regarding appropriate Worship of the LORD, God, the Almighty.

Reading

Morning Psalm 39, Noon Psalm 119:121-128, Evening Psalm 128

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.