The King’s Righteousness
Psalm 45 is a messianic psalm, containing imagery and prophecy of the coming Messiah, Jesus. There isn’t a direct one on one connection but there is definitely a messianic element to the psalm. The one phrase that jumped out at me is found in verse 6: “Your throne, O God is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom”. What does it mean to have a “scepter of righteousness”? I think it means that righteousness, or doing what is right, is the cornerstone of the king’s reign. We live in a world of very messy politics. There seem to be very, very, very few political leaders who are interested in righteousness. I’ve always felt like there really weren’t too many qualifications to be a political leader outside of righteousness. I want my leaders to be able to make a “right” decision. I think that when presented with the facts and the consequences of a few options, leaders can most often make the right call if they are interested in doing what is simply “right”. We will never have an earthly leader who, like Jesus, is able to get it right all of the time. Rather, we’ll just have to muddle through with what we have. But there will be one glorious day when the King of Kings shall return and then righteousness will reign.