Of David. A Psalm.
1 The Lord says to my lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
2 The Lord sends out from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your foes.
3 Your people will offer themselves willingly
on the day you lead your forces
on the holy mountains.[a]
From the womb of the morning,
like dew, your youth[b] will come to you.
4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”[c]
5 The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter heads
over the wide earth.
7 He will drink from the stream by the path;
therefore he will lift up his head.
This psalm, which refers to David as priest/king hints at the holy nature of the national relationship between God and God’s people. This psalm is one of the many places where a distinction is drawn between God’s people and the nations. Reading the Psalms has been a devotional practice for God’s people through the ages. This time through reading the psalms, in our present time, is a spiritual and sobering experience.
Lord, we hope and pray that you are our Lord. Lord, we pray along with others who claim you as their Lord (or whom You claim.) Keep us in prayer for ourselves and the rest of Your children. Defend and protect us, we pray. Amen.