Today, we see one of the most famous Messianic psalms. Jesus, himself quoted it in posing a puzzle to the Pharisees (Matthew 22:41-45).
And here, Yahweh (the LORD, that is, God the Father) says to the Messiah (David’s Lord),
Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. (1)
In ancient times, a victorious king would put his foot on his defeated enemy’s neck. And so God promises victory to Jesus over his enemies, and that his rule would extend throughout the earth, even over those who would rebel against him. (2)
But in verse 4, we see that Jesus is not only a king, but a priest as well. Jesus, however, is not an Aaronic priest. Rather, God the Father decrees him as a priest in the order of Melchizedek, who was both a king and priest in the time of Abraham.
Although David was a great king, and though at times he did things that priests did (offering sacrifices and blessing people in the name of the Lord) as did his son Solomon, neither were truly priests.
But Jesus is both our King and Priest. And unlike the Aaronic priesthood, his priesthood will last forever because he himself is from everlasting to everlasting (Hebrews 7:24).
In verse 6, it goes on to say that in the last days, he will judge the nations. On that day, each person will have to stand before his throne to be judged.
The good news is that as our high priest, he is also the one interceding on our behalf before the Father. And so we don’t need to come before God with fear. Rather, as the writer of Hebrews puts it,
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Lord Jesus, thank you that not only are you my King and Lord, and not only are you my judge, but you are my high priest as well. Thank you that you intercede for me daily, and that by your blood shed on the cross, my sins have been wiped clean. Thank you for all that you’ve done. But more than that, thank you for being who you are. In Jesus name, amen.