David describes his enthronement as king in Jerusalem. It establishes his ruling and priestly office. And it is a prophecy of the Messiah.
A Psalm by David.
Mark 12:36. For David himself said in the Holy Spirit, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet.” ’
The LORD. That is, the One God of Israel.
my Lord. At first glance, this might seem to refer to the king. However, this psalm is David writing about himself. He is referring to his own Lord, his own king, his own adonay. David is referring to the Messiah.
says. David is overhearing a conversation between God the Father and the Messiah.
right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.
your footstool. In those days, victorious kings would put their feet on the backs of enemies they captured. It is a picture of complete subjugation.
Hebrews 8:1. Now in the things which we are saying, the main point is this. We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
the rod of your strength. That is, the scepter of the king. It symbolizes rule over enemies.
offer themselves willingly. The followers of the Messiah will willingly offer themselves in his service.
in the day of your power. That is, on the day of the king’s enthronement.
in holy array. To authentically serve the Messiah, a believer must be holy.
2 Peter 3:11. Therefore since all these things will be destroyed like this, what kind of people ought you to be in holy living and godliness,
Out of the womb of the morning. That is, in the early morning.
a priest forever. The followers of the Messiah will have an eternal High Priest.
Melchizedek. In the pre-Israelite era, Jerusalem had been called the royal city of Salem. In those ancient days, Melchizedek had been its king. He was also called a priest of God Most High:
Genesis 14:18. Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High.
Hebrews 7:1. For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
Hebrews 7:17. for it is testified, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 7:21. (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath), but he with an oath by him that says of him, “The Lord swore and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’ ”
He will crush kings. The Messiah will defeat the kings of the world.
drink of the brook. We can be refreshed from the brook along the way. Our spiritual friends can refresh us and help us be victorious!
he will lift up his head. That is, he will be exalted.
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