Capsule for the Day
There is great wisdom in Psalm 45:10-11 "hear, O daughter (O son), consider, and incline your ears; forget your own people and your father's house and the king will desire your beauty...." Why do you have to forget your own people, your father's house for the king to desire your beauty?
The answer isn't that simple. First we have to establish that the Psalmist is speaking in metaphor. Your own people are the cares and worries of life. When they are present, they disfigure your beauty and make it undesirable by the king. Your father's house is your past, your inheritance.
Second we have to read the text with the Psalmist's world in view. It was a world where "your father's house" was the source of identity. Those who hang on to this identity weren't free in their encounter with the king and that hid their beauty. Friends, by forgetting your past, your beauty is revealed and desired by God.
Fr. Francis Afu