Today From Psalms
Fairer Than Men
Psalm 45 is a song of love, possibly celebrating the marriage of Solomon and one of his wives. But it is greater than this. It is a Messianic Psalm. Stewart Perowne writes in his commentary on Psalms: “But ‘a greater than Solomon is here.’ Evident as it is that much of the language of the Poem is only properly applicable to the circumstances of the royal nuptials which occasioned it, it is no less evident that much of it greatly transcends them. The outward glory of Solomon was but a type and a foreshadowing of a better glory to be revealed.”
My attention today is on verse 2. “Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.”
To the psalmist the Messiah was only faintly revealed. To us He is more clearly revealed throughout the entire Bible. When He comes as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we will see Him as we have never seen Him before. He is and will be truly “fairer than… men.”
Must we wait though until then to see Him as He is? I say no! We can begin to see Him now. As we search for Him in the scriptures, as we meditate on Him, as we contemplate the great grace He has shown us, we will begin to experience what verse one indicates: “My heart is inditing a good matter.” Or my heart is overflowing with a pleasing theme.
To the woman that is to marry this person, the psalmist instructs: “Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house.” (Psalms 45:10) To truly love the one she is to marry, she must forget all others.
The more we “see Jesus”, the more we admire His beauty. The more we are amazed at the One whose “throne, O God, is for ever and ever.” (Psalms 45:6), the more the things of this world will grow dim to us. If the world is my greatest attraction, then Jesus is not. We should strive to love Jesus to the point we can honestly say: “Thou art fairer than…” (anything, anyone, any place.)