A Psalm of David.
1 The LORD saith unto my lord, Sit thou at my right hand,
Until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
2 The LORD shall send forth the rod of thy strength out of Zion:
Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
3 Thy people offer themselves willingly 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 nations,
He shall fill the places with dead bodies;
He shall strike through the head in many countries.
7 He shall drink of the brook in the way:
Therefore shall he lift up the head.
A psalm recognized in the days of the first century as messianic, Jesus himself speaks of it in his discussions with Jewish leaders.It was known then to speak of the messiah and power. It is not hard for us today to imagine why. A simple reading reveals the work of judgment and rule in the hand of authority.
The curious phrase, “the Lord said to my Lord,” quoted by Christ, reveals how deeply rooted in God does the authority and rule reside. Appointed and established by God as Lord, ordained by God as priest, this one of whom the psalm speaks faithfully carries out these dual roles. The peoples recognize his righteousness and excitedly come to be with him. The Lord himself is at his hand, striking down enemies.
This king and priest, like Melchizedek who welcomed Abraham with bread and wine, provides for his peoples while standing in honor. He drinks by the brook and stands with head held high. It is indeed an easy thing to follow a Lord like this. Let us walk worthily the way in which he calls.