Psalm 45: Heart Love for King Jesus! 1. The Condition of a Believing Heart Psalm 45:1-2

Text: “And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn shall be exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in Thy Salvation. There is none as Holy as the Lord: for there is none beside Thee: neither is there any Rock like our God.”

1 Samuel 2:1-2.

Good morning, Heart-loving Christian!  The Lord God Jehovah, in Christ Jesus, has overwhelmed you and I with His Divine and indescribable love.  He has taken us from the dunghill of our sins, washed us in His own sinless and priceless Blood; set us up in His great Salvation; empowered us to live for Him; and our hearts are flowing over with love for Him.  Hallelujah!  No love like the love of the Living Lord Jesus Christ!  We love you, Lord Jesus!

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Psalm 45: “Special singers are appointed for so Divine a hymn.  King Jesus deserves to be praised not with random, ranting ravings, but with the sweetest and most skilful music of the best trained choristers.

Subject: Some here see Solomon and Pharaoh’s daughter – they are short-sighted; others see both Solomon and Christ – they are cross-eyed; well-focused Spiritual eyes see here Jesus only, or if Solomon be present at all, it must be like those hazy shadows of passers-by which cross the face of the camera and therefore are dimly traceable upon a photographic landscape.  ‘The King,’ the God Whose throne is forever and ever, is no mere mortal, and His everlasting dominion is not bounded by Lebanon and Egypt’s river.  This is no wedding song of earthly nuptials, but an epithalamium for the Heavenly Bridegroom and His elect spouse.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 213)

Blessed are the eyes that see Jesus.  “But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many (not ALL!) sons unto glory, to make the captain of their Salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”  (Hebrews 2:9-11)

A truly believing heart will immediately cry the ‘Amen!’ to these truths from God’s Word.  We do so, because the Lord God has granted us genuine faith to believe and receive His Eternal promises, without doubt, so-called ‘higher criticism’; or blatant unbelief.  Praise God for the ability to be ‘heart-loving Christians’!

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”  (1 Samuel 16:7)

Let us ask ourselves, dear Christian: ‘What is the true condition of our hearts today?’

Verse 1. “My heart is inditing a good matter.  It is a sad thing when the heart is cold with a good matter, and worse when it is warm with a bad matter, but incomparably well when a warm heart and a good matter meet together.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 213)

When our hearts (not the blood-pump organ in our chests, but the very essence of our being!) are made right with our Holy Lord God, by being born again in Christ Jesus, the very mention of the Name of Jesus should cause us to yearn for His nearness, and long for the sweet fellowship of His matchless Presence.  Let us ask ourselves, Christian, is this the condition of our individual hearts today?

“It is reported of Origen (184-253 AD), Saith Erasmus (1466-1536), that he was ever earnest, but most of all when he discoursed of Christ.  Of Johannes Mollias, a Bononian (of Bologna, Italy), it is said, that whenever he spake of Jesus Christ, his eyes dropped, for he was fraught with a mighty fervency of God’s Holy Spirit; and like the Baptist, he was first a burning (boiling or bubbling), and then a shining light.”  (John Trapp 1601-1699)

What was this ‘good matter’ the Psalmist was inditing (composing, setting forth in writing)?

Verse 2. “Thou art fairer than the children of men. In Person, but especially in mind and character, the King of saints is peerless in beauty.  The Hebrew word is doubled, ‘Beautiful, beautiful, art Thou.’  Jesus is so emphatically lovely that words must be doubled, strained, yea, exhausted before He can be described.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 213)

“Thus he begins to set forth His beauty, wherein is the delightfulness of any person; so is it with the soul when God hath made known to man his own filthiness and uncomeliness through sin, and that only by Jesus sin is taken away; oh, how beautiful in this face, the first sight of Him!”  (Richard Coore, in ‘Christ Set Forth’ (1616-1687)

Verse 2. “...Grace is poured into Thy lips. In John’s Gospel, the first chapter, we are clearly taught that God the Father, in Eternity called Christ Jesus, His Eternal Son, ‘the Word’.  He was with God the Father ‘ the beginning..’; He was God the Son in Eternity; ‘...all things were made by Him...; In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.’  Hallelujah!  Lord, we believe!  Please take away our unbelief!

In verse 14 of the first chapter of John’s Gospel, we are taught that, ‘The Word was made flesh (the incarnation of Christ as Jesus, God in bodily form!); and dwelt among us (the disciples) (and we beheld His glory {with their own human eyes!}, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.’  Wow!  See how it all comes to unite together in the Word of God?  Thank you, dear Lord God, for revealing Thy Word to us!

“Sanctify them (all who will believe) through Thy truth (Jesus Christ!): Thy Word IS Truth.! (John 17:17)

Verse 2. “Grace is poured into Thy lips.  One word from Himself dissolved the heart of Saul of Tarsus and turned him into an apostle (an eye-witness of the risen Christ!)...oftentimes a sentence from His lips has turned our own midnight into morning, our winter into spring.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 214)

Thought: Reminding ourselves of Christ’s grace, poured into our hearts, should cause worship, and praise, and thanksgiving, to pour out from our lips in Eternal gratitude.

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