Psalm 110

Christ is the rightful Lord whose title is incontestable.
He will certainly come to take, and keep possession of, that Kingdom which the Father has promised, and none can hinder.

1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.

6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

Psalm 110 – Our Priest-King at God’s Right Hand

   Luther describes this psalm as “the true, high, main psalm of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ.” Our Lord attributed it to David, in the power of the Holy Spirit; and there is no portion of the Old Testament more frequently quoted in the New. See Matthew 22:44; I Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 1:3, 13; 5:6, 10; 7:17, 21. David speaks of the Messiah as my Lord. The inference as to the deity of our Lord is incontestable. His mighty scepter, the symbol of his rule, reaches from Son to the utmost limits of space and time. He waits till all his enemies are His footstool. Their character is evident in their attire–the beauties of holiness. They are as numerous and refreshing as dewdrops on parched meadows. There is an infinite attractiveness between our Savior and young life–thy youth.
   The offices of priest and king were jealously kept apart in the old Hebrew monarchy, so the psalmist has to travel into the childhood of the world to find the type of a priesthood. Jesus is King and Priest after a more ancient and abiding order, which, it is testified, is based on a timeless life. Our Lord shall come to the throne from the battlefield. He shall bruise the serpent’s head, but He needs the refreshment of our love and faith.That is the wayside brook. —Through the Bible Day by Day

Psalm 110:3—Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.

   When we recall the quotations of the first verse of this psalm in the New Testament, we have no difficulty in understanding what is meant by the day of his power. It is beyond doubt the day of his ascension, of his enthronement at the right hand of the Father, and of the advent of the Holy Spirit.
   Whensoever the Holy Spirit is supreme in a church there will be a free-will offering of young hearts and lives. Clad in the priestly garb of stainless purity, pouring forth from the womb of life’s young morning, they will scatter themselves over the weary earth like myriads of dewdrops on withered vegetation. The Priest-King has a wonderful fascination for youthful volunteers; and as He is so are they.
   Have you become a free-will offering? There is every claim for your entire and devoted service. You have been already included in the Father’s gift to the Son; but you must come to Him for yourself. The world has yet to learn what God can do with a soul that is entirely given up to Him. Let Him have your life to shape and mould it, to inspire and infill, to send forth on his errands, to commission for his service. There are no pressed men in our Masters army—all are volunteers. Offer your will to God; say you are willing to be made willing: He can make you willing in this day of his power, as iron is bent in the fierce flame.

       “In full and glad surrender we give ourselves to Thee,
       Thine utterly, and only, and evermore to be!
       O Son of God, who lovest us, we will be Thine alone,
       And all we are, and all we have, shalt henceforth be thine own!” —Our Daily Homily