1 The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” 2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!” 3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb. 4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. 6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth. 7 He will drink from a brook along the way, and so he will lift his head high.
Submitting to authority isn’t something that seems to come naturally to me. I have a strong egalitarian bent that seems to want me to see all people as being completely equal, so when someone exerts some sort of authority, I sometimes feel a reflexive urge to try to undermine that authority.
Whether you ever feel the same way as me or not, King David (who wrote this psalm) seems to place himself under the authority of two persons. This must have been incredibly confusing to the people of Israel when David was King. They would have recognized David’s use of the first LORD (YHWH) יְהֹוָה (meaning the God of the Bible), but the second Lord (adown)אָדוֹן that David was paying honor and submission to in this Psalm, we now recognize is Jesus!
Lord, thank you for David’s example of Godly wisdom and insight, that even though he was a mighty king, he knew the importance of humility and paying respect to the coming and (at that time) future messiah.
Written by Ps Justin Ware