Bread – Christmas

December 24, 2016


Psalm 45

You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips…In Your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness…Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…Therefore, God, Your God, has anointed You….”  Ps. 45:1-7

I have not written Bread for over two weeks.  It seemed like every time I tried, something happened.  I could not even pick up a Bible to read the appointed Psalms.  Until this morning, Christmas Eve.

And now I know why, because it is appropriate that we start the appointed Psalm, Psalm 45, today, Christmas Eve.

The Psalmist is addressing the King of Kings, the “most handsome of the sons of men.”  To be the person addressed by the Psalmist, Jesus had to be born as a “son of man.”  The Psalmist addresses the King born of flesh.  Christmas had to come for this Psalm to take shape.

But the Psalmist also addresses his Psalm to God, and indeed Jesus Christ is also Son of God.  The Psalmist says “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…Therefore, Your God has anointed You.”  The only way this makes sense is to realize that God the Son, the son of man, is God and He is the Son of the Father.  Although the Trinity is a great mystery which is almost impossible to understand, in these few words the Psalmist summarizes the truth.  God’s throne is forever, and the God the Father anoints God the Son, who is also the son of man.

“In Your majesty, ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness:”  Ps. 45:4

The Psalmist speaks to Christ, but he might as well be speaking to us.  Because God became incarnate and was born as man, He was, through His death and resurrection, building a bridge to the Father.   We are the ones, as Christ’s disciples, who can walk in His majesty.  We are the ones, because Christ has saved us from our sins, who can ride out into the world and into eternity “victoriously.”  And, because Christ is truth, meekness, and righteous, by riding out for Him, in obedience to Him we can also ride out for these things as well.

Tomorrow will be Christmas with our celebrations of gift-giving and merriment.  But as we do this, we need to reflect on the first verse of the Psalmist, as he writes “My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.”  Ps. 45:1.  Does our heart overflow in this season with a “pleasing theme?”

Our theme should be pleasing to us and to everyone – God was born into the world as a baby so that He could save me, and you.

So on this day let us listen to our heart and let us address our verses, our poem, our life and our life story, to Him, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Let us rejoice!  But let us also proclaim…”The King has come … Come, let us believe in Him, worship Him, and obey Him.  Come, let us adore Him!”

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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