The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand…”
Psalm 110 is a song written by King David. This section of the Old Testament, the Bible of Jesus, is quoted more in the New Testament than any other scripture. Jesus quotes from this Psalm more than any other scripture. Why? The work of God to rescue and restore the world centers on the Messiah, and so, you can call Psalm 110, the Jesus Psalm. Sure, enough, the first verse of Psalm 110:1 is the verse Jesus quotes the most.
The Messiah of God is the long awaited for King who is to rule forever. He is to come out of the ancestry of King David, but is much greater than David. This is why Jesus would get a bit perturbed when people would refer to him as “Son of David.”
First, Jesus has been around a lot longer than David, let’s say, eternity.
And second, David is subordinate to the Messiah. David already knows this as we can see in this opening verse.
“The LORD said to my lord…”
“LORD,” all caps, means God the Father himself. “Lord,” means master, and so David’s lord, means his master, Jesus.
Jesus is invited to sit at God’s right hand, meaning to rule with God and the Holy Spirit, until all those who oppose God’s ways stop doing so.
In ancient times when one king conquered another, there was a common symbolism. He would put his foot on the neck of the other kings as they were bowing down before them.
When does the reign of Jesus start? Jesus the human being dies, raises from the dead, and then goes into the heavenly dimension where God is actively present. So, it is the human Jesus, the Messiah, who begins to reign in all creation when he ascends to the heavens. Christians call this, “The Ascension.”
The world God has always had in mind from the beginning of creation is now being restored into the new creation which will be completed when heaven and earth become one. The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of earth are under the rule of Jesus, and are being transformed right now in real history.
God rescues and restores all of creation through Jesus. Jesus is not an add on or on the sidelines.