Today we are going to be breaking down Psalm 110 to see what we can learn from it. Let’s get started!
The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”Psalms 110:1-2 NASB1995
The first part of this Psalm speaks of how The Lord ( God the Father ) says to my Lord ( David’s lord, which is Christ), will make Christ’s enemies His footstool. Now this verse is actually quoted by Christ in the book of Matthew where He is asking the Pharisees a question.
He *said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet” ’? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?” No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.Matthew 22:43-46 NASB1995
We can see that with this insight from Christ, that David is speaking about what the Father is saying to the Son. With that in mind, we can understand this whole Psalm better. In the first section, we see that the Lord ( the Father ) will stretch forth Your ( Jesus’s) strong scepter from Zion. Now who or what is the strong scepter of Christ? I believe it can be found in the next verses.
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 Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”Psalms 110:3-4 NASB1995
This passage speaks about how Christ’s people will freely volunteer in the day of His power. Every Christian knows that this is the case for them. We all have freely chosen to walk after Christ. And we will be in our holy array, our garments of white. The youth, Children of God, will be as the dew in multitude. To me, this passage is actually describing the Scepter that comes from Zion. We the Church are the strong scepter of the Lord. He wields us in our obedience to destroy His enemies.
The Lord is at Your right hand; He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath. He will judge among the nations, He will fill them with corpses, He will shatter the chief men over a broad country. He will drink from the brook by the wayside; Therefore He will lift up His head.Psalms 110:5-7 NASB1995
In this last passage, we can see the ultimate victory of Christ. We see that the Father will shatter kings and judge the nations. In the end Christ has the ultimate victory over the World.