A Royal Wedding—Part 1
Through the centuries, the pomp and pageantry of royal weddings have been of keen interest to many people. Nothing within the superscription or the text of Psalm 45 indicates the specific persons involved in the wedding that is the occasion of its writing. Because verses six and seven are quoted and applied to Jesus in Hebrews 1:8-9, we can easily see that this contemplation of the sons of Korah spoke of things more profound than the historical circumstances which generated it.
When marriage is held in honor among all and the marriage bed has been kept undefiled by the bridegroom and bride prior to their wedding, there are few things in human affairs that has greater beauty. This fact is recognized in verse one for the penman declares, “My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”
The virtue of sexual purity, especially exercising self-control to keep one’s virginity until marriage, has been under vicious assault throughout human history. It is not a quaint relic of bygone, unenlightened generations; it is not a divine suggestion; it is Jehovah’s universal expectation. All fornicators and adulterers God will judge (Hebrews 13:4).
“This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5).