Psalm 110: View of the World
Arguably, the most frequently quoted psalm in the New Testament, Psalm 110 sets forth the authority and power of Jesus Christ over, and in, this present fallen world. King David, the author of the psalm, prophetically listens in and records God direct message to His anointed King. David’s reference to Him as “my Lord” is his act of worship, recalling Joshua’s worship and his humble question to the mysterious man he encounters outside Jericho: “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” In Psalm 110, Yahweh and His King are in Divine alignment with one purpose: to completely subdue and rule our world. Their unity of purpose is such that whether the setting is the throne (verse 1), or the battlefield (verse 5), they are at each other’s “right hand” to this end. Jesus began His conquest by breaking the power of sin’s punishment on the cross and now in the fullness of His resurrection, and through the work of the Holy Spirit, He is breaking the power of sin’s presence. The battle against sin is not over, not in us, and not in our world, but we can take heart. If we believe in Him, the right Man is on our side, as Martin Luther taught us to sing. No other psalm displays the divine Person of Christ, His passion, His power, and the prospect before Him.
The Right Man at the Right Hand
- Part 1: Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 — Psalm 110:1-2
- Part 2: Second Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021 — Psalm 110:3, 5, 6
- Part 3: Third Sunday of Easter, April 18, 2021 — Psalm 110:4, 7