When God’s word concerning marriage is understood and obeyed, few things in life are more anticipated than the day of one’s wedding. In Psalm 45, the pen of its ready writer portrays the groom’s splendor in verses 2 to 9. Unlike any earthly king in history, this groom is described in the following way: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (vv. 6-7). This is no ordinary king; this is no ordinary groom. This is none other than the Son of God (Hebrews 1:8-9).
This royal wedding is an Old Testament foreshadowing of the glorious truth fully revealed in the New Testament—the Son of God Himself has been betrothed to a bride, the church. He loved her and gave Himself for her. Like Adam (Genesis 2:21-22), His side was pierced to make her existence possible. He has washed her with water by the word so that He can sanctify and cleanse her and then present her holy, without blemish or any such thing on their wedding day (Ephesians 5:25-27).
From John’s portrayal in Revelation 19, we learn that when the Son of God’s marriage and supper finally occur, it will be incomparably superior to any royal wedding in human history. Greater than the splendor described in Psalm 45:10-15, the beauty and glory of the bride will be “fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints” (Revelation 19:8).
Few people in human history are participants in a royal wedding.
Every person can be a participant in the final and ultimate royal wedding.