1. My heart, come consider the best theme of all,
The King who was born to release us from thrall;
I’ll speak like the pen of a writer on fire,
With love, adoration, and holy desire!
2. More fair than all children of men here below,
Because of the grace which from His lips did flow;
Forevermore bless’d in the Father’s great plan,
To be “one with God” and to be “one with man”.
3. A sword on His thigh, to divide wrong from right,
The law, from His mouth, is both power and might;
God’s glorious character clothed Him around,
With wisdom and judgment, like majesty crown’d.
4. His meekness enabled the Spirit to lead,
A King of the truth, all the righteous do heed;
His right hand so freely gives life to the dead,
The lame jump for joy, and the hungry are fed.
5. The words of His mouth reach the hearts of His foes,
Where once there was hatred, now love freely flows;
Those who were rebellious to God and His ways,
Find cleansing, forgiveness, humility, praise!
6. This King is called Jesus, He still reigns above,
And conquers in righteousness, truth, and in love;
For all these great triumphs, His throne will stand sure,
And ever, and ever, and ever endure!
- based on Psalm 45:1-6
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This song represents the first half of the beautiful prophecy contained Psalm 45. It is a companion to another song, which represents the last half of the same psalm: The Fairest of Women.
I wrote these paraphrases when I was in a hospital once, waiting a few days for a small operation. As I read through my Bible, while lying in the bed, I was very impressed with how this Psalm was a complete prophecy regarding Christ and His redeemed people.
It was like a mini “Song of Solomon,” dressed up in the most colorful and attractive language, and prophesying of the “Bride and Bridegroom,” the richest love story ever recorded (and one of the few worth studying!):
29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
So this song outlines the story of Christ, the “bridegroom.” The other song (The Fairest of Women) deals with the second half of the Psalm, regarding the “bride.”
For the sake of comparison, these are the original Bible verses:
1 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.
6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.