Psalm 45 (not one of David’s psalms) is introduced as A Song of Love, and verse one says that it is addressed to the King. What do we find out about the kingdom in this love song?
Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom.
I’m thinking about all the secular love songs I know. Other translations of this verse, instead of “uprightness,” use “justice,” “equity,” and “righteousness.” Have you ever heard one of those words used in a love song? (Ooh baby I love your equity. No, that’s not it.) No, our God is worthy of some serious love song vocabulary!
A scepter is an emblem of authority. Many of us frankly don’t like to be under the authority of another human, and who can blame us? (Note: I’m feeling this much more now than when I wrote this devotional in its original book form ) But with God, it’s an honor, a relief, to be under His authority, because His authority is upright and just. It’s so wonderful and supernatural for God to use his authority for justice and righteousness that someone had to bust out in a love song!
You can use any of the translations of “uprightness” you want, but my sentence to remember today every time I worry will be THE SCEPTER OF YOUR KINGDOM IS A SCEPTER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Maybe I’ll sing it to the tune of a love song.
*New American Standard Bible verse used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.