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Psalm 110 - King David's Lord

by Bill Wong




Psalm 110 – King David’s Lord



The psalmist King David wrote about the Messiah who is to come forth from his lineage and sit upon his throne. But look at how David, who is the great king to whom was given the Messianic promises, refers to the Messiah:


Psalm 110:

1     YAHWEH says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool for your feet.”

2     YAHWEH will send forth the rod of your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of your enemies.

3     Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power, in holy array. Out of the womb of the morning,

     you have the dew of your youth.

4     YAHWEH has sworn, and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."

5     The Lord is at your right hand. He will crush kings in the day of his wrath.

6     He will judge among the nations. He will heap up dead bodies. He will crush the ruler of the whole earth.

7     He will drink of the brook in the way; therefore he will lift up his head.   (WEB)



We see King David calling the Messiah his Lord (“my Lord”) who will sit at the right hand of Yahweh (YHWH – the Tetragrammaton, God’s name), even though he knows full well that this Messiah will come from his bloodline, which is an indication that the Messiah is more than just a man.


If this Messiah was only a man, then King David would have no reason to call him Lord, because this Messiah would just be his son or descendant. It is unheard of for the father to call his son or descendant greater than himself.


However, if the Messiah is much more than a mere man, but is divine, then King David would be entirely justified in calling this Messianic descendant “my Lord”. David’s addressing Him as his Lord signifies that the Messiah is more than a mere man – He is the one who also comes forth from Bethlehem, but His goings forth are from the days of eternity and He became a man to atone for the sins of God's creation.


In other words, David’s Lord – the Messiah, is not just a man from the line of David, but Messiah is first and foremost from the lineage of the Almighty and is the divine Son of YHWH God.





Please see next article in this series: The Messiah is more than a mere man - Daniel 7:9-14 - the Son of Man


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