Today’s Psalm is Psalm 110, which you can read here. 

Have you ever stopped to marvel at the fact that you are part of God’s kingdom?  Have you dwelled on the mystery of you somehow ending up as a volunteer for the greatest movement and liberation this world has ever known?  The Psalms we’ve been investing ourselves in are the metaphors the Israelites used to remind themselves that they were not of this world and there was a Messiah coming.  Throughout their journey, we see glimpses and hints of a salvation that is yet to come, but is not fully here yet.  God has continued to reveal what he was really up to all along;  His salvation offered to everyone who would receive it! How amazing it is that we get to be part of God’s grace plan for the world.

As you know from our study of the Messianic Psalms this week, the Psalms are particularly laden with hints, predictions and reminders of the coming messiah.  Today’s Psalm, 110, is the most quoted Psalm in the New Testament.  So it’s particularly important in the prophetic sense.

The entire Psalm seems to be an amazing prophetic vision provided by the Holy Spirit to David. He is let in on the interaction between one Lord – the Father (Jehovah) and another Lord – the Son (Adonai or Messiah) (v. 1).  Throughout the Psalm we are reminded of Christ’s power, His peace and righteousness (as alluded to with the phrase “Order of Melchizedek” – explained in Hebrews 7), His judgment, and His eternal nature.

There are so many interesting parts of this passage that I wouldn’t have the space in this post to unpack everything.  I was really intrigued by verses 2 and 3.  They are a beautiful reminder of our place in Christ’s reign and kingdom right now, in this moment – not just when David was writing this.

The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”

Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; In holy array, from the womb of the dawn,

Your youth are to You as the dew.

The “stretching forth” of the scepter is Yahweh sending out his rule and reign.  The rule and reign is seen and experienced through Jesus.  We are reminded that His power and authority is rooted in the Father.  The metaphor of the scepter coming from Zion is a reminder of our roots as Christ followers in the history and faith of the Israelites. We are currently under this reign!  It’s really amazing to think about how God the Father has revealed Himself through Christ and then Jesus has revealed himself to the nations through the Holy Spirit.  

As David wrote this Psalm, he may have been writing and thinking about how he has experienced ruling among enemies.  This parallels the new testament in this way; there were and are enemies all around that Christ and His followers both past and present must navigate and deal with.  Jesus ruled among His enemies.  We subject ourselves voluntarily to His rule and accordingly are part of that movement.

There is a strong movement that we see in our current day even though in the United States it at times doesn’t feel like it.  Even now, we see the Gospel spreading throughout the earth in ways that are unbelievable considering Christ’s coming to us in flesh, death and resurrection happened some 2000 years ago.

As we cling to Christ in the midst of our enemies, we proclaim His reign and display His beauty. We show the gospel by the way that we are able to give love and grace even to our enemies.  We all know that this is especially evident and most often peculiar (in a good way) to those around us.  

I love how this thought is wrapped up at the end of verse 3.  When David writes “ Your youth are to You as the dew.” I get the sense that these volunteers who have stepped up freely are “as the dew”.  The Kingdom of God is expanding!  We are not alone!  People around the globe every day are stepping up freely and joining in with the battle to pour out love and grace to a hurting world.  They’re joining the reign of peace and righteousness and further expanding the boundaries of light which push back the darkness.

Hallelujah (praise the Lord).

Amen (may it be so).

{If you have thoughts about this Psalm or any of the others we’re covering this summer, hop on over to our Facebook group,  where we’re hoping to experience conversation and community around the Psalms this summer!}

Jared Hartman is the Campus Impact Worship & Leadership Pastor. He got involved in Campus Impact as a student way back in 2002, then served as a worship intern. He and his lovely wife Sarah have a beautiful 1 year old daughter. This summer they are looking forward to BBQing and gardening. You can reach Jared at jhartman@lincolnberean.org.