Psalms 45: A Few Attributes of God
Psalms 45 emphasizes again many of the major themes that we have been hearing for most of this book and honestly most of the Bible that we have read so far.
Psa 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
Psa 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
We are again brought into contact with some other major attributes of God. For one thing, we find out that He is infinite in terms of time. I wrote an entire post on that concept about a week ago, but since He is infinite, He is capable of having control over our infinite future.
Then we find out that God is just. He uses His power rightly. We have definitely talked about that one before as well, but it is important that God is fair. If He wasn’t, how could He be the all-good God of the universe?
Then we find out that God loves righteousness. In other words, He loves when people have a relationship with Jesus Christ. We do not have any righteousness on our own, but we are imparted that righteousness through the work of Jesus on the cross. God loves to have us as part of His family.
Finally, God hates sin. We know that, have talked about that many times and understand the important distinction that God really does hate the sin but love the sinner. I know that that has become a cliché, but I don’t know how to phrase it any better. God sent Jesus to die while we were still sinners. At the same time, sin is what separates us from God, and we need to have a way to bridge that gap. Jesus is the way.
The Psalms have a way of bringing together many things that we have heard before. For this particular one, we are able to confirm several major traits of God. The cool part is that it is not like we have learned anything new. This passage works perfectly within the context of the Bible as a whole even though it is a collection of books written by several different authors over hundreds of years. They all have a consistent conception of who God was and is and what some of His attributes were and are still.