Psalm 45 is the highest and greatest of all the psalms, and it is a song of love according to the melody of “lilies” praising Christ as the King in Himself, in the church as His queen, and in the overcomers as His princes.
It was written by the sons of Korah; Korah himself was a top rebel, rebelling against God indirectly and against Moses directly, together with many others, and he was judged by God – but at least two of his sons went on with the Lord and composed a few wonderful psalms.
In Psalm 45 we see a complete view – a full picture – of the beauty of Christ in Himself as the King (vv. 1-8), in the church as His bridal queen (vv. 9-15), and in the overcomers as His sons, the princes (vv. 16-17).
It is a song of love starting with – my heart overflows with the good matter, my tongue is the pen of a ready writer, I will write what I have composed for my King…the psalmist was full of love for the Lord, and he just overflowed with words of appreciation of this wonderful One in Himself as the King, in the queen, and in His princes.
When we love the Lord, when we are enjoying a sweet and wonderful relationship with Him by spending much time with Him personally, intimately, privately, and spiritually, we will be filled with words of appreciation of who He is in Himself, what He has done, and what He is doing, and we will also see how precious He is in the church, His bride, and in His overcomers, the saints who are produced to be His overcoming ones.
We need to spend more personal time with the Lord and strengthen our intimate, personal, private, and spiritual relationship with Him. We need to fight the wearing out tactics of the enemy and learn to set aside time to enjoy the Lord, be with Him, have a personal touch with Him, and spend quality time with Him in private in His word.
His word is His love letter to us, and when we pray over the words in the Bible we are filled with love and appreciation for His person, His work, His church, and His saints.
We need to be the, Oh Lord Jesus, I love You! – people, those who love the Lord and are one with Him, so that we may have an overflow, a tongue like the pen of a ready writer, ready to write our love for Him.
Having a Pure Life Trusting in God with an Affectionate Love for the Lord Jesus
The subject of Psalm 45 is love, and the melody is called “lilies”; both love and lilies refer to the saints, the lovers of the Lord Jesus. In this psalm we see a portrait of a life of purity and simplicity with an affectionate love for the Lord.
All those who are regenerated and pursue the Lord have a love for the Lord; this love is feminine – the Lord is the Man, and we take the position of a woman loving Him. The more we love the Lord, the more He loves us, and the more He’s our Beloved and we are His love.
The more we love the Lord, the more we are like a lily: we live a pure life, a simple and single life trusting in God, having a love full of affection for the Lord Jesus. On the one hand we are single in heart and purpose for the Lord, living a simple life trusting in God, and on the other hand our heart is full of an affectionate feeling toward the Lord (Matt. 6:28).
Yes, in ourselves we are “the sons of Korah”, we are rebellious and sinners, but the great work of God is to recover us by transforming rebellious ones, through His unlimited mercy and grace, into Christ’s overcomers to make us the constituents of His bride, His overcoming queen (see Num. 16:1-3; Psa. 106:16; 26:11; ch. 42, title; 1 Chron. 6:33-37; Psa. 88, title; Rev. 19:7-9).
In ourselves we are sinful, sinners, and rebellious, but in His mercy and grace the Lord reached us, regenerated us, brought us into the church life, and is daily transforming us and renewing us to make us part of His overcoming queen.
We just need to love the Lord affectionately, open to Him, and let Him work in our being; if we are those who affectionately love the Lord, we eventually become His love, His favorite (S.S. 1:1-4, 14-15; 2:4).
The more we love the Lord, the more we have eyes only for Him, and the more our heart will be pure and single for Him only, loving Him in an affectionate way.
The church life will then become a banqueting house, and the Lord’s banner over us is LOVE. Our motto in the church life is love. Our principle, goal, and ideal in the church life is love.
In our personal life we may go through intermixed and complicated situations, and we may pray for the Lord to uncomplicate things and save us from these intermixed situations, but it is here that He wants us to live a pure, simple, single life of trusting in God (Matt. 6:28-29; 1 Kings 7:17-19).
We cannot unentagle our complicated situations, but we can trust in God and we can love the Lord with an affectionate love, and we will become a precious and pure lily for the Lord’s glory and satisfaction.
John Nelson Darby, who loved his Lord and served him for many years, was one night staying alone in a hotel in his old age and, at bedtime, he said, Lord, I still love You. What a precious testimony he had, and what a great impact his life and work was on the Body of Christ. We need to desire to have such an affectionate love for the Lord Jesus and live a pure life trusting in God.
Lord Jesus, we still love You. You are our Beloved, and we love You. Even though our situation is so intermixed and complicated, we still trust in You. We want to live a simple, single, and pure life trusting in God and loving the Lord with an affectionate love. We love You, Lord Jesus! Thank You for Your mercy and grace to regenerate us and transform us from rebellious “sons of Korah” into Your overcoming queen. Thank You for bringing us into Your banqueting house, the house of wine, the church life, where Your banner over us is love. Lord Jesus, we love You!
Loving the Lord with an Affectionate Love and Overflowing in our Speaking of Him
How poetic and sweet is the first verse of Psa. 45, My heart overflows with a good matter; I speak what I have composed concerning the King. My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
The Psalmist’s heart overflowed: he didn’t have to compose a rough draft before speaking it or writing a praise to the king, but he loved the king, overflowed with good matter, and composed something with his tongue, which was the pen of a ready writer.
When you love someone, you don’t compose a draft before you tell him that you love him; rather, it flows freely and you just tell him how you feel. If we have an affectionate love for the Lord Jesus, our tongue will be like the pen of a ready writer, and we will simply overflow with the good things in our heart for Him.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34); when our heart loves the Lord and is affectionately in love with Him, we are ready to write our love for Him, overflowing in our speaking of Him and to Him.
When we spend time with the Lord and enjoy Him, are filled with Him, and appreciate Him, we see Christ’s beauty in Himself in the Gospels, in the church in the Epistles, and in the overcomers in the book of Revelation, and we will spontaneously praise Him and love Him with our mouth.
In the gospels we see Christ in the stage of incarnation, in the Epistles He’s in the stage of inclusion (as the life-giving Spirit), and in Revelation He is in the stage of intensification (He is the sevenfold intensified Spirit).
If we have an affectionate love for the Lord Jesus, our tongue will be the pen of a ready writer, ready to write our love for Him and our praise to Him with our experience and enjoyment of Him according to all that He is in His full ministry (Psa. 45:1; cf. Matt. 12:34b; 2 Cor. 3:3, 6; Isa. 6:5-7).
When we see Christ’s beauty and His preciousness as we are under the ministry of the word of God, our heart is inscribed with the Spirit as the ink and with Christ as the content, and we become letters of Christ seen and read by all men (2 Cor. 3:3, 6).
When we overflow and speak of the wonderful Christ we affectionately love and are filled with, those who listen or read are infused with Christ, and He is inscribed on their heart for them to become a letter of Christ.
Oh, may we be those who love the Lord affectionately to have a tongue like the pen of a ready writer, ready to write our love for Him!
Lord Jesus, we love You so much! You are the most precious and beautiful One. We can see Your beauty as the God-man living and expressing God in the Gospels, as the Body of Christ in the Epistles, and in the overcomers in Revelation. Lord, we love You, and our tongue is like the pen of a ready writer, ready to write our love for You and our praise to You with our experience and enjoyment of You according to all that You are in Your full ministry! Amen, Lord, overflow through us and be inscribed into many others for them to become living letters of Christ read and known by all men!
References and Hymns on this Topic
- Inspiration: the Word of God, my enjoyment in the ministry, the message by brother Ed Marks for this week, and portions from, Life-study of the Psalms, msg. 19 (by Witness Lee), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, The Direction of the Lord’s Move (2016 Thanksgiving Conference), msg. 4 (week 4), To Prepare the Bride as the Counterpart of the Bridegroom (2) – Praising Christ as the King in Himself, in the Church as His Queen, and in All His Sons, the Overcomers as the Princes .
- Hymns on this topic:
# Immersed in Thy love; / Fresher than morning dew; / Here I’m kept away from every earthly care. / Such tender feeling; / Caressed by my Beloved; / You’re the loveliest, much fairer than the fair. / Moments with You, / How affectionate! / Now I seize this opportunity to say / That I love You. / I will be with You all my days, come what may. (Song on loving the Lord)
# Lord, grant us a strong and affectionate love, / A burning and flaming hot love; / Our last testimony, through rapturous praise, / Is “Loving You, Lord, was enough!” (Song on loving Jesus)
# If we have and affectionate love / An affectionate love for the Lord Jesus, / Our tongue will be, / Will be the pen of a ready writer, / Ready to write our love for Him / And our praise, / Our praise to Him / With our experience and enjoyment of Him / According to all, / According to all, / According to all that He is. (Song on v. 1 in Psa. 45)
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