The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
This psalm is one of the most detailed prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament. It goes into great detail to speak of the person and the work of the Messiah. In it we find reference to the deity of Christ when we read, “The Lord said unto my Lord.” This is nothing short of the Father referring to the Son as Yahweh. We also find reference to the Sufferings of Christ, in that he was consecrated a priest after the order of Melchizedek who would offer himself in our place in order to make a way for man to have access to God. We also see the resurrection and Ascension when we read, “Sit thou on my right hand.” And finally we see reference to the final Judgment, when all Christ’s enemies will be put under his feet.
Most of this Psalm has already been fulfilled. Christ, the Son of God came to as man and offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sin. After His crucifixion He conquered death, rose from the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes on behalf of the believer and awaits the Father’s timing to return to earth as judge and King. The fulfillment of the bulk of these promises should stir us up as we await the time when Christ will come and reign. The way to be ready for that day is to accept His work on the cross in your place and follow Him completely.
Questions for Psalm 110
- Verse 1 is quoted five times in the New Testament (Matt 22:44, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:42-43, Acts 2:34-35, and Hebrews 1:13), all telling us that this psalm is referring to Jesus. Look those verses up and read the context.
- Look at verse 3. From what motivation should God’s people serve Him? Read 2 Corinthians 9:7 and 1 Peter 5:2.
- Jesus is described in verse 4 as a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Read about him in Genesis 14. Also read Hebrews 7.