“Myrrh, aloes and cassia perfume your robes. In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.” Psalms 45:8
In our modern, cultured and sophisticated lifestyle, the term “ivory palace” has a negative connotation. It means that the people who live in it are out of touch with the commoners.
But here it means something different and that’s why I chose this verse today.
Ivory is a rare and delicate substance. To live in a palace made of ivory means to live in a make-believe place. A house which could not exist in reality.
The writer of this Psalm is expressing his view that God lives in a place of beauty. Physically and sensually. The scents and sounds are almost magical.
We live (unless you are a world-famous footballer!) reasonably contentedly. There are some bad days and there are some good days. But they both balance each other out in the long-run.
But there isn’t a person alive who does not aspire to be in a better place – in every sense of that word. Where is the finish line? A bigger house? More money? A faster car? A bigger TV?
This verse suggests that the finish line is with God. Not literally in an ivory palace, but in a place of total beauty and contentment where earthly things won’t matter any more.
By the way, I support wholeheartedly moves to ban the trade in ivory and would strongly advise you to support the various campaigns what are in place to help protect the elephants.
Find out more by following this link… http://www.bornfree.org.uk/animals/african-elephants/projects/ivory-trade/