I love the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. My husband and I have been privileged to go there twice. It is an exquisite mansion, and its splendor and beauty is captivating. It is grand and breathtaking. But I have a confession. When I went through the Biltmore House both times, I not only enjoyed the charm of its expensive furnishings and history, but I also looked for reminders of its temporary nature. I loved the massive curtains, but I also noticed where a few were worn or slightly faded. I loved the wallpapers, but I also noticed there were occasional spots where the paper was beginning to curl at the corners. I loved the paint, but there were places where paint had begun to chip and peel. As magnificent as this house is, it (like everything else on the earth) is a temporary kingdom. It is fading. It requires an enormous amount of effort for its upkeep and yet it is a losing battle.
In Psalm 45, David is captivated by the majesty of God. He is focused on God as King. His words describe the Lord's power, royalty, majesty, and sovereignty. His speech indites (gushes in words) the matter of just how regal, righteous, and pure God the King is.
Psalm 45:3 "Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things."
I was captivated by the splendor of a place that was fading and faltering-- a place that would one day fall away and its temporary nature showed through in spots. David was captivated by the eternal, unfading, unfaltering King whose kingdom would never decay and fall away. His throne will never chip, crack, peel, or crumble.
Psalm 45:6 "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre."
Though we may find a sense of beauty, wonder, and awe in earthly abodes that fade away, let us never lose our sense of awe in the King and kingdom which will stand in all its perfect glory forever. Let us take time to ponder and meditate upon His glory and majesty.