Psalm 110:5-7

The Lord stands at your right hand to protect you. He will strike down many kings when his anger erupts. He will punish the nations and fill their lands with corpses; he will shatter heads over the whole earth. But he himself will be refreshed from brooks along the way. He will be victorious.

Nice imagery, right?

Remember King David is a warrior and a poet. He uses this violent and descriptive imagery for a reason. Satan and his evil ways will not stop God from restoring the world. It is already happening and God has already won. The victory is God’s. But, in the meantime there are battles until there is lasting peace for good.

Think back to WW2. The allied forces pretty much started the ball rolling to defeat Hitler and his forces for good, beginning with the Normandy invasion, on June 6, 1944, D-Day. However, there were horrific battles in the meantime, until the Germans surrendered on May 7, 1945. Prior to that, the war was won, but battles continued.

This is what it is like now. The enemy, Satan, has been defeated, but the suffering continues. Jesus is victorious, but the battles still rage. We are the priest/kings who rule with Jesus and as we represent him, we bring his joy and peace and goodness in the midst of all the suffering and pain the devil tries to bring into the world. Satan’s days are numbered and as we move forward, bringing blessing into the battle along the way, we are victorious.

ME

Ask God what you need to be more confident in his presence and power in your life. Ask for this.

Psalm 110:4

The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

Who is Melchizedek?

In Genesis 14, he is the mysterious king of Salem. This is the area of Jerusalem before it was Jerusalem. Abraham met this king and was blessed by him. Melchizedek means literally, King Righteous.

I tend to agree with folks who think Melchizedek is an appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament. Either he is a human king who acts like Jesus, or this is an appearance of Jesus, himself.

In the book of Hebrews from the New Testament, the Melchizedek/ Jesus connection is made.

Hebrews 5

Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus is the Priest/ King. And because now Jesus connects us to God, we are also priest/kings. We are now those who take on this same function when we connect people to God. We bring the joy of the Lord through forgiveness, healing, encouragement, and bringing rightness and fairness to the world.

ME

You are God’s daughter (son) deserving of love and respect and God is using you to change the world. Remember? Keep this phrase before your eyes and thoughts. Repeat frequently…

Psalm 110:2

The Lord shall send your mighty scepter out of Zion; rule in the midst of your enemies.

Zion is just another name for the city of Jerusalem. The Big Apple? New York City. Windy City? Chicago. Jerusalem? Zion.

So the rule of God, the power of God will be sent out, beginning in Jerusalem, and the king will rule over his enemies.

What happened in Jerusalem? Jesus is crucified, dies, and is resurrected in Jerusalem. Jesus ascends into the heavenly dimension in Jerusalem. From there, he rules all of creation. This has already begun.

There have always been people who oppose God’s ways. Yet, Jesus is still in charge. So, what does this mean practically?

The writer of the book of Hebrews in the Bible says it this way.

But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet.

There is that “right hand” and “footstool” again. Jesus is the priest who offers forgiveness once and for all on the cross to all who call upon his name. Jesus is the king who rules from the heavens. And this Priest/King is the warrior who fights using love, joy, peace and mercy as his weapons of choice.

What does this all mean? From the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus on, we realize there is slow, gradual progress of the influence of God in the world. This is hard to see in real time, in particular, because we tend to focus on what we fear, but God is infiltrating human history all along the way until all those who oppose God are subdued.

But, how does Jesus work in the world now? Behind the scenes to be sure. Through people of good will who don’t know him. And most often? Through you and me. The ones who love him and want to be like him.

ME

What does it mean for you to become more like Jesus? Choose one Jesus-type thing and practice it the rest of the week.