My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the
king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
You are the most handsome of men; grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your glory and majesty.
In your majesty ride on victoriously for the cause of truth and to
defend the right; let your right hand teach you dread deeds.
Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the peoples
fall under you.
Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a
scepter of equity;
you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God,
has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From
ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand
stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your people
and your father’s house,
and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;
the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people
with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with
in many-colored robes she is led to the king; behind her the virgins,
her companions, follow.
With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons; you will make
them princes in all the earth.
I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore
the peoples will praise you forever and ever. Amen.
This one was a bit of a struggle for me as I was not a big fan of the patriarchal overtones of this passage – the woman being given away as the wife (possibly one of many) of the king. But I also saw the recounting of the virtues and characteristics of the man and the woman. So it moved for me to thinking of the many aspects of my wonderful wife for which I am thankful. There are many that I can list of course but I simply think it easiest to simply say “thank you, Lord. Thank you.”
This picture is a stone representing the wedding day of a couple married at the location of our men’s retreat.