THE KING OF THE KINGS TO BE
David in songs entered the presence of God and had communion there. He may have begun with concerns about the day, but shifted quickly to praise of God. The songs would endure, and the praise is still educating our generation. The Psalms are a source of peace, even to people who have not fully discovered the grace in Yeshua, our Messiah. In this Psalm David skips the introductions to report a direct announcement from God. David is receiving a priority message direct from the central command of the universe. It is short but vital.
PSALM 110 (A Psalm of David.)
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 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. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head. Psalm 110:1-7
The Lord is speaking to David’s Lord? David is living before the Messiah and yet seems to be speaking of a Lord like Christ as if he knows him already. Indeed David has already prophesied about the branch of the Lord and if God spoke through him he fully understood the earlier conversation. Yeshua, Jesus, is revealed often in the Old Testament. God tells David’s Lord to sit at his right hand, honor mortals have not known. He promises to make the enemies of this Messiah into a footstool. The first sentence has already earned a paragraph of revelations.
The Lord will send the rod of your strength out of Zion so you can rule even when enemies are closing from every side. Messiah would live among enemies and have his power even as they crucified him. That did not seem to be a day of power, but that day will come. When he returns his people will be willing and reflecting the beauty of holiness in their lives too. Was the womb of the morning that day when he left the tomb to become eternally young?
God promised unwaveringly that his Lord would be a priest forever, as Melchizedek, who Abraham honored. Indeed Melchizedek may have been a manifestation of David’s Lord, Yeshua. He was a priestly order long before the Law or Aaron. That Lord will become a king in power in the wrath of God. He will strike kings and judge the heathen with death. He will drink of the brook, perhaps the living water that he shares with his flock. In this living water; which is his living word, our bible, he lifts up our head in salvation. Now this message itself is the living word, the bible you now read, to lift our head and our hope.
Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. Psalm 111:1-5
Now the Psalmist is encouraged and inspired to praise God. We have heard God speak through the writer in the previous psalm and this motivates the proclamation of God’s glory to the world. This is not hesitation; it’s a proclamation and a testimony that God is good.
He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. Psalm 111:6-10
God has given evidence for his people. The world may never learn, even when the evidence is powerful. To those with only a little faith God’s works give confidence. The humble and repentant people have redemption and they know it. Their fear was well-directed to God who can destroy the soul. Their fear is taken away from the threats of our enemies and redirected towards the real power of God. Their fear produced wisdom and understanding that eludes those who trust their own works. When they heard the praise of God they obeyed by faith and found life.
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Psalm 112:1-5
Praise the Lord, give the world evidence that God is good. Announce the rewards of the fear of God and the blessing of obedience. The man who lives of God will have a prosperous family. He will prosper in this life and in eternal righteousness. He will be compassionate and generous to the world around him.
Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. Psalm 112:6-10
It is a certainty that a good man will not be moved and his righteousness will be remembered forever. To be remembered as good for a few years is honorable, but how much more for eternity? That is the realm that belongs exclusively to God, and his declaration of your goodness is a reward past this life’s treasures.
This man will not fear bad news. His confidence is anchored and unmoving, while his enemies will Fade before him. We remember how this was so for Joseph even as slavery and false imprisonment passed into history. So as Joseph all God-fearing men will be part of God’s eternal honor. As Pharaoh was vanquished so are the threats that speak against any of God’s own. Our God has given us salvation greater than Moses, and as David was promised this hope is also ours in Yeshua Ha Meschia.