December 3, 2019

A Song Worth Replaying

Psalm 110

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Sit at My Right Hand

A Psalm of David.

  The LORD says to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand,
  until I make your enemies your footstool.”
  The LORD sends forth from Zion
    your mighty scepter.
    Rule in the midst of your enemies!
  Your people will offer themselves freely
    on the day of your power,1
    in holy garments;2
  from the womb of the morning,
    the dew of your youth will be yours.3
  The LORD has sworn
    and will not change his mind,
  “You are a priest forever
    after the order of Melchizedek.”
  The Lord is at your right hand;
    he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
  He will execute judgment among the nations,
    filling them with corpses;
  he will shatter chiefs4
    over the wide earth.
  He will drink from the brook by the way;
    therefore he will lift up his head.

Footnotes

[1] 110:3 Or on the day you lead your forces
[2] 110:3 Masoretic Text; some Hebrew manuscripts and Jerome on the holy mountains
[3] 110:3 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
[4] 110:6 Or the head

A Song Worth Replaying



Key Verse | Psalm 110:1

The LORD says to my Lord:
"Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool."

Bio | Lindsay Sellers

Merry Christmas, Journeyers! My name is Lindsay; and three years ago today, I married my husband Todd. Even before getting married, I looked forward to this season and how it lifted my spirits: the music, decorations, and general sense of hope and excitement. In fact, I'm that person who starts Christmas music earlier than others find acceptable, and I don't stop until my decorations come down a week after the new year. When I am not bothering others with my nonstop Christmas tunes, you can find me serving in various ministries at Watermark.

Central Truth

God's promises are worth listening to over and over again.

Devotional | Psalm 110

One of things I like most about Christmas is the hymns, and my favorite is "O Holy Night." When I was younger, I created a playlist that included various versions of "O Holy Night," and I...

One of things I like most about Christmas is the hymns, and my favorite is "O Holy Night." When I was younger, I created a playlist that included various versions of "O Holy Night," and I listened to it often. While you may not have the same appreciation for this hymn, I bet you have a song that you replay frequently. 

Why do we listen to our favorite songs over and over again? I don't know about you, but they bring me hope and make me feel good. When I listen to my favorite song, I feel like I get to experience those feelings again.

Our key verse today is a passage that is repeated in the Bible many times. In fact, it is the most quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament. It is replayed nearly two times more than the second most quoted verse. Wow! To understand the significance of this passage, let's consider the psalmist, David, and what it meant to the writers of the New Testament.

God made a covenant with David that his offspring would establish an eternal kingdom. (2 Samuel 7:11-16) Throughout our passage today, David references future events and mentions God's promise, which we know is the eternal kingdom of David's offspring (Psalm 110:4). Knowing this provides insight into the magnitude of the first verse. When David starts the psalm, "The LORD says to my Lord," his reference to "my Lord" is the Hebrew word Adonay, which is used only in reference to God throughout the Bible. In other words, David foretold that hundreds of years later his eventual heir, a man, will also be his God, Jesus.

Long before Jesus entered the world, David understood that God's promise to him was more than a worldly kingdom. His promise was the Messiah, our Savior, and He would deliver us from our enemies. New Testament writers understood the importance of David's psalm too. It is a song of promise, hope, and good news—the gospel.

Now that is a song worth repeating!

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Discussion Questions

1. What are the phrases, messages, or songs that are replaying in your life? Do they bring a message of hope and promise? If not, consider the message of hope and promise that was fulfilled with our Lord Jesus Christ.

2. What are some verses in Scripture that give you hope in God's promises and Jesus Christ? Share that passage with someone needing hope today!

3. If you have not done so already, I challenge you to put God's Word on repeat in your life. Memorize a part of the Bible that gives you hope in the future and God's promises. Then ask someone in your community to keep you accountable to share it from memory at the end of the month.

6 Comments available

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

While Psalm 2 was in book 1 of Psalms bookended by ‘the blessed but poor man’,

Psalm 110 is in book 5 of Psalms and continues with a ‘blessed but poor man’ (Ps 109) the bookends will be deliverance in the style of the year of Jubilee (from Leviticus), in the spirit of Isaiah 61(setting captives free, healing the broken hearted)

Poetically, Psalm book 5 is like Deuteronomy and entering the promised land - coming home. Coming home is possible in the work of Messiah, the ultimate Jubilee, the fulfillment of Isaiah 61

We see it in the various groups saved in Psalm 107 at the start. We see it in Psalms 146, 147 near end which read like Isaiah 61 with healing the broken hearted, setting captives free

Michael Spain 3 days ago

Hey, Lindsay! Loved your devotional and this passage. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Sue Bohlin 4 days ago

Thanks, Lindsay! I came to a hard stop when I read “O Holy Night.” Suddenly I wondered, Does the text actually say Jesus was born at night? And you know what, it doesn’t! The shepherds got the word from the angels at night, but by the time they found Jesus, Mary had laid Him in a manger, which surely she wouldn’t have done until several hours after He was born.

Huh.

Lindsey Driscoll 4 days ago

Lindsay, great devo reminding us of the hope we have in Christ, our long awaited Messiah. I like what Keith Mathison wrote about David’s writing in verse 1: “ In short, David himself expresses submission to the king who is to sit at God’s right hand”. It interesting to me David, the king, the ruler, tells of the coming Lord who he will be subject to. I am struck by his humility as a king to submit himself to Gods plan for the messiah.

Hugh Stephenson 4 days ago

GM Lindsay!! Well done!

Q1 – A number of years ago I was at church during Advent and learned about the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew. I imagined a people who heard a clear voice from God for centuries…then silence. I imagined them praying for lifetime after lifetime, generations after generations. And hearing nothing. I imagined the longing and heartache.

What about The Promise!?!?

Then “O Holy Night” began.

This line grabbed my heart and brought me to tears.

“Long lay the world in sin and error pining.”

Pining - “to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully”.

I get it. For years my rebellion, struggles and isolation shackled me. I longed to know freedom and peace.

Then the song ends with repeated

NOEL!! NOEL!! NOEL!!

HE’S HERE! HE’S HERE! HE’S HERE!

Promise kept. Messiah comes. Heaven secured.

He’s coming back soon.

Celine Dion proclaims.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szqfq1-QvkA

Michael Scaman 5 days ago

SCENE 1 A poor man helped by God Psalm 109, the poor man (Jesus) is persecuted by the Judas figure (an adversary will be at Judas right hand) but God will be at the poor man’s right hand.

SCENE 2 A man raised to God’s right hand Psalm 110 A man (also Jesus) is called to God’s right hand made a priest king like Melchizedek who will judge evil

SCENE 3 A man praises the blessed God saying God’s righteousness endures forever (said once) Psalm 111 A small acrostic psalm

SCENE 4 A blessed man (Jesus and the church in Christ) - his righteousness endures forever (said thrice) Psalm 112 also acrostic (and quoted in 2 Corinthians 9)

All this is prelude to the Passover Psalms (Ps 113- Ps 118) which makes Psalm 110 in an important place setting the stage for the Psalms of Jesus our Passover

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