A Meditation on Psalm 45
A quick internet check confirms Psalm 45 is a wedding song, composed and sung on occasion of the marriage of the king. The psalm begins "you are the most handsome of men; grace is poured from your lips; therefore God has blessed you for ever." He is a successful warrior, and just, "you love righteousness and hate wickedness." The bride is "decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes; in many-coloured robes she is led to the king."
While it is likely a contemporary wedding will not feature robes "all fragrant with myrhh and aloes and cassia," if we listen, we can hear echoes of our own lives’ celebrations in the psalmists’ poetry, preparations in advance of important celebrations.
It is the Advent experience. This song of Alleluia reminds us the celebration does not happen without the preparation and it is up to us to ensure that the preparation time is as grace-filled and meaningful as possible. Perhaps this Advent we can all reflect on celebrations in our own lives that included an "advent time," and how that advent time was filled with grace. Perhaps we can think of our own weddings and the days of waiting and preparation. Or the birth of a child or grandchild.
And perhaps we can deliberately infuse grace-filled moments into our own preparation time today. We can open our eyes and recognize the beauty around us. We can share our gifts with the needy through a gift to the Alleluia Fund and service in our communities. And when we as a people enter into our celebration of Christmas once again, we will have lived into the true blessing of Advent.