Psalm 110

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Messiah, at the Right Hand, expecting till His enemies be made His footstool

The New Testament quotes this psalm more than any other, and proves it to speak of Christ and none other. Such prophetic certainty and fulfilment is the glory of Scripture’s veracity. Augustine writes of this psalm as brief in words, but great in weight. It is the counterpart to Psalm 2.

Christ’s kingship is spoken of, and the perpetuity of His reign and kingdom. Also, the subjection and willingness of His subjects are described. There is the description of Christ as the Great High Priest, of whom Melchizedek was a type and shadow by his life. Victory over the heathen is assured, which either speaks of the Gentile conversion, or the judgments wrought upon wicked nations.

But this victory would not be accomplished without Christ suffering. He must drink of the brook, as figured when He crossed Cedron (the black water), to go to Calvary (John 18:1).

Pastor Jeff O’ Neil

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Psalm 110

¹The LORD did say unto my Lord,
Sit thou at my right hand,
Until I make thy foes a stool,
Whereon thy feet may stand.

²The LORD shall out of Zion send
The rod of thy great pow’r:
In midst of all thine enemies
Be thou the governor.

³A willing people in thy day
Of pow’r shall come to thee,
In holy beauties from morn’s womb;
Thy youth like dew shall be.

⁴The LORD himself hath made an oath,
And will repent him never,
Of th’ order of Melchisedec
Thou art a priest for ever.

⁵The glorious and mighty Lord,
That sits at thy right hand,
Shall, in his day of wrath, strike through
Kings that do him withstand.

⁶He shall among the heathen judge,
He shall with bodies dead
The places fill: o’er many lands
He wound shall ev’ry head.

⁷The brook that runneth in the way
With drink shall him supply;
And, for this cause, in triumph he
Shall lift his head on high.