Psalm 110

Psalm 110 is a prophetic psalm written by David about the Father speaking to His Son, the Messiah: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” God describes Jesus as one in a current, kingly position (my Lord), as having power and authority (sit at my right hand), and as yielding final judgment at the end of time (until I make your enemies your footstool). Quoting from this verse generations later, Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:24-26: And then comes the end, when he (Jesus) delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.”

As we look forward to this day when the King of kings unleashes His full power, authority, and judgment on this world, let us read Psalm 110 as a beautiful description of the character of our triune God and ask ourselves what else we can learn about God from the rest of this psalm.

The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!

Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. 

He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth. 

He will drink from the brook by the way;

therefore he will lift up his head.