If we are surrounded by evil, the greatest is what we bring on ourselves.  Our offenses bring the pain of guilt and punishment.  My previous post lamented the corruption that surrounds us.  David knew this weariness as well.

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.  How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.  For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.  Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.  Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.  Psalm 44:1-5

David has heard the accounts of the works of God.  Israel has a legacy of deliverance to pass on to their children.  As the elders gave praise to God, so David also passes this praise on to the generations.  David and his people still faced real enemies, as we do today.  We may have the same confidence in God for our salvation.

For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.  But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.  In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.  But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.  Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.  Psalm 44:6-10

My plans, labor, and weapons will not save me.  David knows that they can expect help, and he will praise and boast of his God.  But at this time he is waiting for that deliverance, as God is not with them in the battle yet.

Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.  Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.  Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.  Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.  My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,  For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.  Psalm 44:11-16

In this season the hidden sin may be hindering the hope of Israel.  David sees the defeat and shame, if not the source of the problem.  Perhaps Israel only needs patience and faith for God’s time to arrive.

All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.  Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;  Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.  If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;  Shall not God search this out?  Psalm 44:17-21

Hard times did not move Israel from serving God in David’s time.  Still they suffered some defeat, and recognized the potential that God had seen sin somewhere in the camp.

for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.  Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.  Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.  Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?  For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.  Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.  Psalm 44:22-26

God knows our motives and secrets; and for these transgressions Israel is paying.  While there may be errors, God is expected to respond to repentance.  David questions the wait for deliverance as they are being afflicted.

My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.  Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.  Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.  And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right 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 45:1-5

David composes his thoughts as he speaks, as an inspired writer he considers his king.  But he is the king, so who is his king?  A king who is fairer than men with grace in his words, eternally blessed by God.  He brings prosperity from righteous meekness.  This is a king who is meek, but his arrows find the hearts of his enemies.  David is moved in inspired revelation of the Messiah of Israel.  He is delivering a song to us by the messenger of the Holy Spirit of God.  This is one of the great messages of the prophesy of David.

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.  Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.  Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.  Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house;  Psalm 45:6-10

David says that God’s throne is forever, and at the same time he speaks of his kingdom as if he is a man.  This king is the champion of truth and righteousness, so God has anointed him.  Wait…he just called this king God, and reports that his God has anointed him with gladness.  The king is God, and he also has a God?  The king’s king is God, and God is God’s God too!  I see two entities identified as God!  Earlier he said that his right hand will teach him terrible things.  Who is his right hand?  Who is our teacher today?  We have a third personality in our godhead!

But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.  John 14:26

If  you want some documentation on that, try these:  Luke 12:12, John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 14:37, 1 Timothy 4:1, 1 John 2:27

In the Old Testament:

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.  Psalm 143:10

And we can come close here too:

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because THE LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek. Isaiah 61:1

The king has a following of the women of honor and the daughter is encouraged to forget her own family.  The bride will have a greater father in heaven when she is joined with this king.  There is a bride in the Old Testament too:

Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.  Joel 2:16

The bride David describes is a glorious church, the people of faith who have been joined to this king, their messiah.  David is relating a clear vision of the coming of this messiah of meekness.

So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.  And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.  The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.  She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.  With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.  Psalm 45:11-15

This king David praises is to be the subject of our praise: worship him.  His father spoke of him too:

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  Matthew 17:5

The children of this union are blessed even as the king and his bride.  The followers of faith are the children who are also to follow into this house.  The bride was told to forget her father’s house, and the promise is unfolded here.

Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.  I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.  Psalm 45:16-17

The leaders and rulers of the past will be replaced by the children of faith.  This king’s name will be remembered in all generations and you, Oh King will be praised for ever.

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4: 10-12

The portrait of David above shows a king who has removed his crown in the presence of the Holy Spirit we see as a dove in the sky.  David is a king who knows that he needs a greater king.  He has just had a personal encounter with the king who we all need.  David will not forget this encounter with his king as we go on in the Psalms, and he inspires the message that Peter quoted above to awaken the world to our only hope.

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.  The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.  Psalm 118: 21-22

Before Christmas was Christ, and David had a relationship with his king even then. All glory to you Yeshua Ha Meschia!