This short “royal” psalm of David is rich in quoted New Testament verses. First there is the initial verse, “The LORD says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. “” This verse is quoted by Jesus Himself (Matt 22:44, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:42-43) where He attributes to David supernatural, prophetic knowledge of a conversation within the Godhead between Father and Son. Peter also quotes this verse in Acts and Paul references it in 1 Corinthians as does the writer of Hebrews twice. All this from one verse in the psalm!
Similarly, verse 4 “The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”” is referenced five times alone in the book of Hebrews (5:5-6, 6:20 and 7:17, 21).
In the final three verses the Son, Jesus, is no longer seated at the Father’s right hand, but the Father is at the right hand of Jesus, as the Son carries out judgement at the end of the Church Age.
The power and breath-taking majesty of these verses caught me in the time when I first came to believe. Here, in seven short verses of God’s Word I found reassurance in times of doubt and promise of the victory of God's final justice when the world around me seemed dark and dank with evil triumphing everywhere I looked. When my soul seems overwhelmed, I meditate on these verses and my spirit is refreshed with the faith to carry on.
Outside of time’s narrow constraint it is finished: evil in no more and the Kingdom is established. My small part is to exercise my faith until my presence in time is no longer required.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 113-115
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