Daily Devotional: Psalms 110:1-7
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. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth. The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth. He will drink from a brook beside the way; therefore, he will lift up his head.
This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace." Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.
Psalms 110 is a Messianic Psalm, telling us that Jesus was to come after the order of Melchizedek. This man was a High Priest of the living God and was also the king over the city of Salem, later known as Jerusalem. When Abraham returned from a battle, it was Melchizedek who came out and blessed him and received a tenth of the spoils. His name means “king of righteousness” and “king of peace.”
Jesus is our High Priest today. He is also King of righteousness and the King of peace. His kingdom is a spiritual kingdom and not a geographical or earthly kingdom. In the book of Hebrews, the argument is made that since the priesthood changed (from that of Aaron to that of the Christ), of necessity there is a change in the Law. We are no longer under the Law of Moses, but under the Law of Christ.
Under this law, we have liberty. Liberty from sin, liberty from the legality found in the Law given at Sinai. We are now under the law of faith, which brings us true righteousness in Jesus Christ, as we live in him, and he lives in us.
O Lord God, thank you for all you give me today and every day of my life. Thank you for your forgiveness that allows me to be righteous in your sight. Thank you for your kingdom that unites me with all of the believers of all the ages, both now and in eternity. Thank you for your Spirit who lives in me. Help me to never cause him grief but give me a yielding heart so he can direct me and mold me into your likeness. Give your healing to those who are sick and those taking treatments. Be with them so that they will know your peace. I pray in the name of Jesus.