Psalm 45 always fills me with light: it illustrates a mystic imagery that helps connect me to the contemplative path. Sometimes, it is easy to make my spiritual journey too much about myself, my own process, and what actions i need to take at any given moment. This Psalm relieves the burden of self-absorption, calling me forth into the palace of God. While shifting points of views and multiple narrative voices in the Psalms often confuses the logical part of the brain, I try to embrace this narrative confusion as a microcosm of life’s confusions.
So much changes day to day, internally and externally; events come and go, but the Psalms remind me of the one consistent source of strength: relying on God’s power, not my own pre-occupations and imagined solutions.
In this narrative, the masculine King (God) calls forth the beautiful daughter (the soul). I understand this use of gender and consummation as the feminine soul joining with the masculine Lord. As C.S. Lewis said, “we are all female in the eyes of God.” No, I don’t think Lewis’ statement is the final, definitive stance on gender and Divinity, but for the purposes of this imagery, his maxim can be a helpful guide for the reader to more deeply connect to the numerous depictions of lover and Beloved, King and daughter, that are written out in mystical and profound language in the Psalms, the Song of Solomon, and many other biblical passages.
Psalms 45 continues to be a valuable source of inspiration and strength. Enjoy below:
1. My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the king;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2. You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon your lips;
Therefore god has blessed you forever.
3. Gird your sword upon your thigh, o mighty one,
With your glory and your majesty.
4. And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;
And your right hand shall teach you awesome things.
5. Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies;
The peoples fall under you.
6. Your throne, o god, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.
7. You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore god, your god, has anointed you
With the oil of gladness more than your companions.
8. All your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia,
Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made you glad.
9. Kings’ daughters are among your honorable women;
At your right hand stands the queen in gold from ophir.
10. Listen, o daughter,
Consider and incline your ear;
Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;
11. So the king will greatly desire your beauty;
Because he is your lord, worship him.
12. And the daughter of tyre will come with a gift;
The rich among the people will seek your favor.
13. The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold.
14. Shall be brought to the king in robes of many colors;
The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to you.
15. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;
They shall enter the king’s palace.
16. Instead of your fathers shall be your sons,
whom you shall make princes in all the earth.
17. Will make your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the people shall praise you forever and ever.