3. God’s Terrible Majesty! Psalm 45:4-5

Text: “And in Thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and Thy right hand (God’s sword hand?) shall teach Thee terrible things.  Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under Thee.”

Psalm 45:4-5.

Good morning, God-delivered Christian!  Only a most terrible and Holy and majestic Lord God could have ever been powerful enough to free and deliver you and I from our vile and Eternally detested sins.  Only a truly majestic and Holy Lord Jesus could shed His own sinless Blood to make a Sacrifice Eternally adequate to redeem our sinful souls!   Oh the terrible majesty of His excellence and grace!  Praise God for condescending to come from Heaven to save sinful wretches such as we!  Glory to the Lamb Who is worthy of praise!

Dictionary Definition: Majesty – “(noun) the greatness and glory of God; grandeur; dignity; elevation of manner or style; royal state; a title of Monarchs (His, Her or Your Majesty; Their or Your Majesties); a representation of God (sometimes Christ) enthroned...”  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 969)

Verse 4. “And in Thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness...  God’s majesty is an Almighty all-glorious majesty of Absolute Holiness and Divine Perfection, that cannot be attained by any other being, creature, or inanimate thing.  Were we mere sinful mortals to even glimpse the Face of God the Father – I believe we would burn up in an instant, as one would when exposed to the glare of an unshielded atomic reactor!  God’s Holiness shines brighter than the sun, and burns fiercer than a million fiery stars.

“No man/woman hath seen God (God the Father) at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.”  (John 1:18)

“Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God (Jesus Christ), He hath seen the Father.”  (John 6:46)

Moses once asked the Lord God, “...I beseech Thee, show me Thy glory (majesty)...”  The Lord answered him, “...I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the Name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.  And He said, Thou canst not see My Face: for there shall no man see My Face and live...I will put thee in a cleft of a rock (cave), and will cover thee with My hand while I pass by: and I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see My back parts: but My Face shall not be seen.”  (Exodus 33:18-23)

God’s majesty, His Holiness, His truth, and His absolute righteousness and wrath against all sin – makes Him a consuming fire to sinners who are not covered in the precious Blood of Christ Jesus the Lamb of God.

“Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire.”  (Hebrews 12:28-29)

“Blessed is he/she whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered (by Christ’s Blood).  Blessed is the man/woman unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”  (Psalm 32:1-2)

The Lord Jesus Christ is unto us, ‘His people’ as a full thickness lead shield that protects us from being utterly and instantly consumed by the pure MAJESTY and Holiness of our Father Lord God.  We are covered by Christ’s Blood, just as a house is covered by fully paid Home Insurance!  Praise God!  In Christ Jesus, we are fully covered against Eternal loss!

“For God (the Father) so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth (believes/trusts and keeps right on believing/trusting) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16)

“He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he/she that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the Son of God.”  (John 3:18)

Verse 5. “Thine arrows are sharp. God’s arrows of Divine truth are fired from the mouths of His ordained preachers/teachers of Bible truth.  They are fired indiscriminately by the preachers/teachers – but God has Eternally ordained which hearts they pierce with conviction sin.  God’s arrows are sharp because they are honed with His truth.  That is why we have often heard the adage: ‘The truth hurts!’

“And when He (the Spirit of God) is come, He will reprove the world of sin (our sin), and of righteousness (Christ’s Righteousness), and of judgement (God’s final judgement of all who continue on in their sin).”  (John 16:8)

Verse 5. “...In the heart of the King’s enemies. Our Captain aims at men’s hearts rather than their heads, and He hits them, too; point-blank are His shots, and they enter deep into the vital part of man’s nature.  Whether for love or vengeance, Christ never misses sin, and when His arrows stick, they cause a smart not soon forgotten, a wound which only He can heal.  Jesus’ arrows of conviction are sharp in the quiver of His Word and sharp when on the bow of His ministers.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 215)

God’s Sovereign grace is shot out to hit the target He has set in Eternity – the inner circle centre of ‘His people’s' elect hearts.  His Gospel arrows, shot out by faithful men/women whose motivation is to partake in Christ’s great Harvest of precious souls, ALWAYS hit the mark God aims at, in the souls of His elected people.  There is no hiding from His bolts.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give unto them Eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man (not even ourselves!) pluck them out of My hand.  My Father, Which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are One.”  (John 10:27-30)

Verse 5. “...Whereby the people fall under Thee. There is no standing against the Son of God when His bow of might is in His hands.  Terrible will be that hour when His bow shall be made quite naked and bolts of devouring fire shall be hurled upon His adversaries; then shall princes fall and nations perish.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 215)

Thought: When we present God’s truth from His Word.  The Lord Himself shall at all times reveal either His condemning majesty to His enemies, or His matchless, and at all times Sovereign grace to ‘His people’.  Eternal Salvation is of God’s giving alone!

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