Monday, August 22, 2011

Forget and Rememeber!

 10Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;
 11So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
 12And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.
 13The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
 14She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
 15With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.
 16Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
 17I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. 

 Forget and Remember!

In Psalm 45 we are brought into the very throne room of God and are given the opportunity to behold Christ's beautiful bride. Who is this bride and what charge is given to her? The bride of Christ, drawn from the surrounding nations, is the church of God, consisting of all true believers from the beginning to the end of time. In Psalm 45, Christ's bride is charged to forget and remember! 

The beautiful bride is charged to forget her own people and her father's house. As children of God, we are wrenched from the sinful nations that seem to rule this world. As new creatures in Christ we are to forget the old sins and the old ways, and cling to Christ who grants to us a new creation. Indeed, as new believers, everything changes for us. Gone are the desires and goals of this world, and in their place lies that beautiful desire to love and please the Lord Jesus Christ above all.

Not only is the bride to forget the old ways, but she is charged to remember, not her fathers, but her children, for in her children will all of the earth be blessed. Her children will be princes in God's kingdom, and through them she will be remembered forever!

In some ways, reading Psalm 45 is like listening to a fairy tale where everything ends happily ever after! However, it is no fairy tale! In Christ, the church of God, His children, will be blessed for ever more. Though the earth may seem to be languishing, and all men seem to be rushing headlong into sin, and though the church of God seems to be ready to be overrun with sin and wickedness, God will prevail! 

Through the grace and help of God, His church will remain faithful and will overcome all of the wickedness of this world. And, yes, there truly is a happily ever after, when all of the saints of God will live and reign with Christ forever.

So, as the bride of Christ, let us forget and remember. Let us forget the old sin which so easily besets us, and remember Christ, our King, who lives and reigns supremely forever and ever!

God Bless You,
Linda

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