from Lynda Lindsey
You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. Psalm 45:2
Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Psalm 45:6-7
Prophets, priests, and kings were anointed with oil, which signified God’s presence and power being poured out, thus enabling the person for service. A king’s scepter symbolized his royal power and authority to govern and make decisions. An extended scepter invited an audience before the king. To approach the king without a royal summons could end in death for the supplicant if the king withheld his scepter.
Messiah, our most excellent King, is anointed as King forever. His reign never ends. His eternal words are words of grace. Jesus is clothed with splendor and majesty benefitting a king. He is righteous and just. He hates evil and wickedness. He rides forth, wielding the sword of truth, dispatching the enemy. He is also meek and humble, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Jesus, full of joy, invites us to a grand wedding celebration. His scepter, a scepter of life, is always extended to us. He always grants us an audience. He yearns for us to share in his joy, to forget our bleak past, to forsake the old ways, to be led in to His eternal kingdom with joy and gladness, and to be with Him forever. He eagerly waits for us to exchange our old dirty rags for bridal finery. Accept His invitation, for the marriage feast awaits!