Psalm 110 Commentary
The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
There is only one LORD, the Creator God, God Almighty. We don’t have questions on that one. The second lord is definitely the subject of Matthew 22 verses 43 to 45. But the world doesn’t know what we know. Many questions exist around and about the second lord. In fact, all other puzzles exist because of the confusion around and about the second lord.
“Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” The LORD has just solved an important puzzle from Matthew 22, a chapter of puzzles.
Matthew 22 again: It’s the Sadducees on the resurrection. They present their own argument against the resurrection. The LORD Jesus Christ solves this puzzle with a timeless statement. Then the Pharisees came up with their own puzzle. Which commandment is the greatest? What a day for the LORD! And, what a chapter!
Then the time came for the LORD Jesus to ask the most important question – probably in frustration that neither the Sadducees nor the Pharisees bothered to ask it. Who is Jesus? This is the only question you should be asking. The LORD Jesus Christ seems to suggest.
Mortals cannot answer this question and so the LORD Jesus answers it once but for all time. He quotes from our psalm today. He is the second lord of psalm 110 verse 1. But you don’t graduate into greatness until you realize that He is actually the first LORD of psalm 110 verse 1. Therefore, these commentaries will always refer to Him as the LORD Jesus Christ as an act of worship.
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8 verse 58.
Psalm 110 has more. It is the mysterious Melchizedek. A single mention here; and a couple of lines in Genesis; and one author writes an entire volume about it. The Book of Hebrews is written to show us the lasting priestly office of the LORD Jesus Christ, in the order of the Priest Melchizedek.
All of this is from the viewpoint of the New Testament. The original context may not be so easy on the reader. But we are greatly helped by thinking of David as the anointed king. Back in the days of the Judges, including the likes of Gideon, Jephthah, Samson, and even Samuel. They were specially empowered by the Spirit to serve a specific purpose. David is occupying a political office but let’s not forget his anointing. The anointing makes his office spiritual in every way.
So volumes of things are said about the anointed David which actually don’t fit a mortal. We do well to read beyond and see the LORD that David represented.
An easy pick from this psalm would be the Creator God’s statement that He would eventually flatten His Son’s enemies. The saint can always take comfort from this thought.
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