Can there be any doubt that the psalmist was referring to Jesus? The disciples were “filled with dread” (Mark 10:32) at the fearless, bold approach Jesus exhibited as He walked to Jerusalem, straight into the face of death. He had told them earlier exactly what would happen to Him, yet He did not flinch in leading the way to the city!
In Leviticus 26:1-39, the Lord promised peace and blessing to the Israelites for obedience, but certain destruction if they rebelled. Christ’s intense love for righteousness and hatred of wickedness gives Him a fearless boldness against sin (Psalm 45:7).
The ultimate act of Jesus’ hatred of sin will be demonstrated by His return to earth. He will “ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice, [going] forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!” (Psalm 45:4). His sharp arrows will pierce the hearts of our enemies, and the nations will fall beneath His feet (v. 5). At His side will be the Church, His Bride, who loves Him and also loves righteousness.
Be faithful and fearless, Bride—Your Mighty One is coming with His sword, and you will be at His side!