Glory From The Suffering

“I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.  Psalm 45:17

Psalm forty-five is a psalm of contemplation and praise about the Messiah. From this psalm it appears that it wasn’t just the people living in the time of Christ that liked to focus on the glory and triumph of our Savior more than the path of pain and humiliation he had to walk in order to win his victory. 

If you read all seventeen verses of this psalm there are only recollections of the glory from which he came, the foes he’ll vanquish, the wonders he’ll perform and the adulation he’ll receive from his adoring subjects. His truth, humility and righteousness are praised but nowhere is there is hint of the loneliness, trials and rejection he’ll suffer. 

Friends, I’m not complaining about this psalm. It’s beautiful and wonderful describing the glories of the situation from which Jesus originated and the wonder and honor and praise that he’ll receive when his controversy with sin and Satan is at last ended. But we must never forget the lengths to which our Savior was willing to go in order to secure victory for himself and freedom and peace for us. 

Revelation chapter five records that it’s because of his suffering and death that the hosts of heaven praise the Lamb saying, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”  And all creation, every creature in heaven, on the earth, under the earth, and in the depths of the sea, responds saying, “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

God’s glory is his love. It would be understandable if the members of the Godhead were to love each other unconditionally and sacrificially. They’re devoted to each and have been for eternity past and will be for eternity future. But while the circumstances of the relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is something beyond comprehension that they would have love and attachment for each other is not. One could even say that such devotion under these circumstances would be inevitable. But God’s love is greater than that. God’s love reaches out to woo the angry and rebellious heart of the one intent on destruction. God’s love sacrifices itself for the most degraded and debased of the sons and daughters of men. God’s love demonstrates itself by dying for the underserving in the hope that if he purchased the ability for everyone some might chose to love him in return. 

It’s the extravagance of God’s love for us, demonstrated in the life and death of Jesus, that ultimately wins for Christ the victory. Psalm forty-five verse five speaks of the Messiahs arrows being sharp in the hearts of his enemies. Truly they are but this doesn’t have to mean death. For if Christ’s enemies will welcome the arrows of God’s love into their hearts they will find themselves transformed by that love from enemies to friends, and members of the family of God. 

O Jesus, today we accept the beauty of your love for us. Plant it deep in our hearts so that we might love you as you love us.

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