My heart is stirred by a noble theme. (Ps. 45:1)
Nothing moves my heart quite like love in action. A young man offers his arm to an elderly woman as she walks across an icy parking lot. A child gives half his cookie to a stranger who didn’t have one. The husband writes his wife a letter, reminding her that she is seen, known, and loved just as she is.
Psalm 45 is a song written for a royal wedding. It is a testament to the king’s character and sacrificial love—love that went to great lengths for his bride. The Hebrew writer is clearly moved by the king and his actions, his “heart [so] stirred by a noble theme” that he pledges his own loyalty and encourages others to follow suit.
In reading this song, I can’t help but wonder. When was the last time we were deeply moved by the great love of God? Or has the King become commonplace? Have we forgotten his mighty acts? Do we pause long enough to remember his goodness and character, to see how he has fought on our—the church’s—behalf?
This psalm demonstrates that great love is worthy of great adoration, but it begins with remembrance. To be moved by God’s love, we must first recognize it, recount his noble acts, and allow our hearts to be stirred by his love.
Remember all that God has done and let your heart be moved.
Sarah E. Westfall is an author, speaker, and graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. She resides in Indiana with her husband, Ben, and their four boys. She really wants a nap.
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