The Life-Giving Power of the Bigger Story | Psalm 45
Everyone has a mental narrative inside their head of what story they want to live and whether or not they are fitting inside that narrative right now in their lives. And what happens is we have a false narrative inside of our head that is not reality, and so it causes discontentment or misinterpretation of the events in our lives. And it causes us to pursue a false reality for what story we want for our lives. That’s why I’ve been saying in this podcast that if we can understand the real narrative that our life is in — if we can see the bigger story our life is in because God became Jesus and lived and died and rose again and is returning with his resurrection kingdom — there is a power in that. That’s the gospel that the apostle Paul says has the power of God to heal and restore our lives in Romans 1:16. Which brings us to Psalm 45. At first pass we may not think this psalm has much to offer us in drawing near to God. But when we slow down and start to really notice what’s happening and pay attention to the words, it starts to amaze us at how it is a Holy Spirit inspired prophetic announcement of the bigger story our life is in.
Psalm 45 ESV
A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song.
1 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty!
4 In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you.
6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
9 at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house,
13 All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
14 In many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her.
15 With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
16 In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.
17 I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.
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