Psalm 45:6-7 reads: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions” (ESV).
The writer of Hebrews quotes this passage as something spoken by the Father to the Son (Heb 1:8-9) The next two verses of the psalm inspired Henry Barraclough, at the age of 24, to write the hymn Ivory Palaces: “My Lord has garments so wondrous fine, And myrrh their texture fills; Its fragrance reached to this heart of mine With joy my being thrills. Out of the ivory palaces, Into a world of woe, Only His great eternal love Made my Savior go.”
On earth the foxes have dens and the birds have nest, but God had nowhere to lay his head. The Savior traded heaven’s ivory palaces for a world of woe so that we can upgrade from a tent to an ivory palace. And what an upgrade it is:
“For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee” (2 Cor 5:1-5).