A Psalm of David. The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” 2 The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! 3 Your people [shall be] volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. 4 The LORD has sworn And will not relent, “You [are] a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord [is] at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. 6 He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill [the places] with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries. 7 He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; Therefore He shall lift up the head.PSALM 110:1-7
I am reminded again about how prophetic the Psalms often are. This Psalm is quoted in both Matthew 22:44 and Acts 2:34-35 as referring to Jesus. We can safely place this Psalm in the category of being a Messianic Psalm. Indeed verse 4 is quoted throughout Hebrews 5-7 highlighting Jesus’ unique high priestly role and ability to intercede for us because of his humanity and his deity. There is also an aspect of this Psalm that appears to be still ahead of us when all the world will recognize Jesus as king.
So what do we do with such as psalm? How do we draw application?
I think part of our application today comes from the fact that God is in control. We are reminded that he has inspired words and events thousands of years ago that spoke both to the present situation and were in a sense prophecy about Jesus. I believe we can take the yet to be fulfilled aspects of this Psalm in the same way. We can trust that God is in control and he is working all of history to it’s rightful conclusion with Jesus as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
I think we can also take verse three to heart. Have we volunteered for the Lord’s service. Are we part of the body of Christ? Do we take our calling to be a part of His church seriously? Do we use our gifts for His kingdom and His glory. Do we understand what it is to belong to something bigger than ourselves in this sense. The sin of the American culture is selfishness. We plan according to our own personal wants and desires with little regard for the needs of others to whom the Lord has placed us in proximity. Volunteering for the Lord’s service requires a commitment to the Lord and to each other. Do we take that commitment seriously?
Father, I am humbled to realize again just how in control you are. You are able to speak across thousands of years with clarity and intention. We rejoice in Jesus our high priest and we are confident in your love for your people. We look forward to the return of Christ and the ushering in of a new heavens and a new earth. Help us to take seriously this day our calling to be a part of the body of Christ. Let us not forsake gathering together with your people, in your name, but let us encourage and strengthen one another all the more as the day draws near. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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