Psalm 110 – Announcement of the Messiah’s Reign

Published January 31, 2024 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

Jesus is returning and no one will stand in His way. This is what King David sings about at Psalm 110.

At Verses 1-2 we declare His divine appointment:

1 The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of Your enemies!

At Verses 3-4 we declare the eternity of His divine appointment:

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.
The Lord has sworn
And will not relent,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”

Finally, at Verses 5-7 we declare the power of His divine appointment:

The Lord is at Your right hand;
He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.
He shall judge among the nations,
He shall fill the places with dead bodies,
He shall execute the heads of many countries.
He shall drink of the brook by the wayside;
Therefore He shall lift up the head.

Is this a Psalm about David, or a Psalm of David about Jesus. Our answer is yes and yes. It certainly was written at first with David in mind but the Holy Spirit inspired it to be fulfilled in the name of Jesus Christ. David died, but Jesus Christ lives forever. In light of this psalm, no evil shall escape the judgement of the King. In the return of the Christ our King, all such truth will be realized. Surely, the enemies of God’s kingdom are fierce, but God’s wrath towards them is fiercer. From such, we need deliverance. The Gospel declares that such deliverance is given gracefully and mercifully through this very same King who, by His own death and resurrection, has defeated all evil. What a God we have. Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

Blessed be Your holy Name. You have appointed from on High our King and Deliverer. He rules in eternity and with great power. May the Holy Spirit finish Your will, the Christ’s work, in us, making Your people Christ-like and ready for glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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