Daily Devotional: Psalms 45:6-9
6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. 8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. 9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.
3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
Much has been written about this Psalms and its true meaning. Some believe it was written about David, while others say it was for Solomon. Still other scholars have argued it should be classified as one of the purely Messianic Psalms. We are not going to attempt to put an end to this discussion but will let it apply to one of the earthly kings and still have reference to Christ, the King of kings.
In the book of Hebrews, our reading is quoted in the context of proving Jesus to be superior to the angels. In the Jewish minds this was a very important concept to be grasped. Both in Jewish history and traditions, the angels played a big role in the work of God among mankind. Angels were highly esteemed by them.
Angels were helpers of mankind, sent from God. They also were warriors sent from God to destroy his enemies. They were given responsibility (in some way) for divine revelation. In fact, in the stories of Old, it is often difficult to know if some references should be applied to the angels or if they should be applied to God in human form. An angel spoke to Balaam when he argued with his donkey. Angels appeared as men to Abraham and then later to his nephew Lot. But the name of Jesus is far above the highest of angels. Jesus is the Son of God!
Father, thank you for your love for me and for all of mankind. Your wisdom is far beyond my understanding. Your plan of redemption is so simple and so easy to accept by faith, and yet, it is so profound that it cannot be totally fathomed. Give me wisdom to understand what I need to know and faith to accept what I cannot explain or understand. As I live here on earth, help me be more like you and use all I have, to serve others as I serve you. Lord, so many are suffering in so many ways and I ask your mercy for each one. I pray in the name of Jesus.