Psalm 45 – Introduction
“To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.”
Psalm 45:1 (KJV)
“TO THE OVERSEER. [SET] ON “LILIES.” AN INSTRUCTION OF THE SONS OF KORAH. A SONG OF LOVES.”
Psalm 45:1 (LSV) The literal translation from the Hebrew
Psalm 45 – Introduction
Sub-Titles and Instructions
Psalm 45 is a deep and reverent song of Love. It describes a compelling Love, divine in origin, between the Bride and her Beloved. This poetic language, born of the Love of God, is found in many places in scripture. Whether it be the writings of Moses, the Psalms of David, Asaph, or others in the Epistles of the New Covenant, all were birthed by the Holy Spirit in that fire and intensity of Divine Love.
There are few Psalms that carry the number and variety of titles and designations as this one. The instruction hidden within these titles reveals the depths of the relationship presented to us, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“To the Chief Musician”
– Overseer –
Throughout the Book of Psalms, we are repeatedly introduced to those to whom or by whom these songs were to be sung. Some have specific melodies assigned as well. This speaks of the necessity to walk and live in the Spirit so that we become more sensitive to His moving, and His atmosphere (mood, disposition, and manner of appearing). Some of the tunes were lively, others contemplative and reverent. Some Psalms were born of spontaneity while others were the result of much forethought and design, such as the Acrostic Psalms (see the introduction on Psalm 25 Part Two).
The introduction of this special Psalm is assigned to the Chief Musician (Hebrew Overseer). Certain Psalms are designated “To the Chief Musician” (55 in all), a significant term for all who desire to move in concert with His direction. An orchestra comprised of extremely proficient musicians is still subservient to the great conductor. His guidance may alter the flow of the script that creates the symphony. There is something hidden here that can only be known via our relationship with Him who desires to be the great composer and director of our heart’s anthem. May we be instructed to grow in our sensitivity to His direction and Lordship so that our hearts may learn the depth and truth of our participation in the Songs of the Lord!
From the earliest of time, we see songs given to certain ones based on their walk with God. The prophetess Miriam broke forth in song after Israel crossed over the Red Sea.
“And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea”
This glorious song could not be sung on the other side of the Red Sea! It was a song of victory celebrating the Lord’s conquest of Egypt. It is essential that we understand these songs are birthed in those who experience the triumph of the Lord. There is participation and personal involvement in His victory in our lives. The enthusiasm and response are in harmony with the victory gained.
In the Book of Revelation, we read of those who had “gotten the victory” over the beast, his image, over the mark, and over the number of his name; “having the harps of God” singing the song of Moses and of the Lamb! Only those who know of the victory of Christ can sing such songs. These truths are revealed throughout the scriptures.
“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.”
There is a song that only the 144 thousand can sing in the Heavenly Zion to which we have been called (Hebrews 12:22-24)
“And they sang as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”
Who are these precious ones who could sing such a magnificent song before the very throne of God?
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”
These ones so walked with God that they bore the heavenly Father’s Name IN their foreheads (the mind of Christ). Oh, may we grasp the Call and the provisions of Grace for all who walk in the faith of Abraham and have yielded their lives unto His Lordship?
We are invited to join these heavenly ones in singing these songs reserved for those who have learned to walk in the truth and the reality of them here on earth.
“To Him that overcometh
will I give…”
(Psalm 45 – Introduction
to be continued)