"Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house.
The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord." Ps. 45:10-11, NIV
This Psalm [it is well worth reading the entire Psalm] is a picture of the beauty and strength of Jesus. In this particular verse, the daughter is the redeemed who are brought as the bride of Christ into the palace of the great King.
Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: - Many times we take our position in Christ for granted, especially after we have been Christians for awhile. We need to take time to listen and think. We do things because we are expected to do them. They become routine and lose meaning. For example, how often to we approach the communion table as just another Christian ritual, an interruption in a normal service? Have we lost the meaning and depth? How often to do we go to church just because it is the thing Christians do or for a social time rather than meeting with our Lord and Love? We need to stop and think. We need to consider. We need to make sure we do not fall into the error of the Ephesian church [Rev. 2] in leaving our first love.
Forget your people and your father’s house. - In the olden days when a princess was married to a king in a foreign land she moved to be his queen and loyal subject and may never have seen her parents, people and home country again. It was a cutting off of the past and an entering into the new. She may never have met her Groom before , but there she was in his house for the rest of her life.
We have been transplanted from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. We are in the palace of the great King. Sometimes we, in sinful foolishness, look back at the dainties of the world. Like the children of Israel in the wilderness, we look for the garlic and leeks of Egypt. We want to flirt with the world and "enjoy" some of its pleasures. No, we are to forget the things that are past. We are to move ahead. We have left the old life and the dark father's house. We are not to be looking back and longing for it. A wife who is always whining about the past is no helper to her husband. She ends up earning his disgust and rejection. Like the Laodicean church [Rev. 3], we end up being spit out.
We need to be a faithful bride, forgetting the things that are past whether they were pleasurable or painful. We need to focus on our new relationship, our new future. We need to promote the cause of our Husband and King. We need to whole-heartedly seek His best interest in everything we do.
The king is enthralled by your beauty; - Sometimes we fail to realize how Jesus sees us. He loves and desires us. We may see ourselves as ugly ducklings, but He sees the beautiful swan. He longs to be with us even more than we want to be with Him. Our relationship is one of love. Right now we see through a glass darkly, but later we will see Him face-to-face. We are now investing in and building a love relationship that will last forever.
honor him - Jesus, our Husband, King and Lover, deserves all honour. We are to respect and obey Him. We give Him the first place in all we do. We hate sin, because sin is a dishonour to the One we love. We work to expand the Kingdom of God on the earth because that is was honours our Lover. People build monuments to honour great people. The monuments that honour our King are changed lives and a world in submission to His government. We must never compromise the Word and Will of our Great King. We honour Him. His Word is Law.
for he is your lord. - The cry "Jesus is Lord" is the primary confession of the Christian church. Before His Name all people and nations must bow. Proud people and nations currently refuse to do so and oppose all who would remind them of their responsibilities to King Jesus. Millions of martyrs over the last 2,000 years and gone to their deaths proclaiming "Jesus is Lord" to stubborn hearts that will not hear… and one day will be broken beyond repair.
Unfortunately even many within the Christian circle, by rejecting Biblical Law, have rejected Jesus as Lord even through they say it with their lips. Jesus is Lord means that we proclaim Him as absolute Master of this world [and the universe for that matter] to Whom total obedience is required. We can either accept Him as Lord and Saviour and operate under His grace and love as we grow in obedience or we can reject Him and Lord and Saviour and be judged according to His Perfect Standard.