Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Messianic Psalm

Psalm 110: A Messianic Psalm

“The LORD says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’ The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies. Your troops will be willing on your day of battle.” Psalm 110:1-3 NIV
     I ran across a discussion on who would win a battle between a lion and a tiger. While the lion is considered the “king of the jungle,” surprisingly in a one-on-one battle, the unofficial consensus concluded that the tiger would beat the lion hands-down. If the fight were between a pride, or group of lions versus a pack of tigers (a streak), the lions would win without question! Why? Because tigers are loners while lions fight together.
     Psalm 110 pictures the Savior at the right hand of the Father in heaven and as a Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. “The LORD” in verse 1 is the Hebrew name for Yahweh and refers to God the Father. David’s reference to “my Lord” is a reference to the Son of God, Who is positioned in a place of honor at the Father’s right hand (Matthew 22:41-45). Jesus Christ was highly exalted by the Father after He completed His earthly assignment according to the will of His Father (Hebrews 10:5-7; Philippians 2:5-11).
     The Bible encourages us to have the same attitude as Christ; one of humility and obedience. That’s how every Christian battle is won. We start to lose the fight when we decide to take it upon ourselves and begin to fight flesh and blood. The real battle is in the Spirit. Ephesians 6:12-13 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
     Are you trying to fight one-on-one against the devil? Sorry to tell you, that’s a losing battle. But just as the lion is victorious when he depends on his help, the LORD Himself will assist you in every battle and guarantee your victory. Jesus Christ, has disarmed the powers and authorities, [and] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross”(Colossians 2:15 NIV). Rather than facing this battle in your own might, rely on the authority, power, and grace of God to overcome and be left standing!

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