Thurs 19/11/20

Psalm 110:1-7 & Psalm 111:1-10 … THE DEPENDABILITY OF GOD IN TIME AND ETERNITY.

Q.1. Why should we look for Christ in all the scriptures? What does David write about the divinity and permanent priesthood of Christ? – (Ps.110:1-6) =

Q.2. Why is the promise of an everlasting covenant so remarkable? Why does God deal so graciously with sinners? – (Ps.111:4-9) =

Q.3. Fear influences all our responses in life. Why does the fear of the Lord help us to make wise choices in life? – (Ps.111:1-3,10) =

Sit at My Right Hand

A Psalm of David.

110 The Lord says to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”

The Lord sends forth from Zion
    your mighty scepter.
    Rule in the midst of your enemies!
Your people will offer themselves freely
    on the day of your power,[a]
    in holy garments;[b]
from the womb of the morning,
    the dew of your youth will be yours.[c]
The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
    after the order of Melchizedek.”

The Lord is at your right hand;
    he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
He will execute judgment among the nations,
    filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs[d]
    over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook by the way;
    therefore he will lift up his head.

Great Are the Lord‘s Works

111 [e] Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
    in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
    studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
    in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever,
    to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
    he has commanded his covenant forever.
    Holy and awesome is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all those who practice it have a good understanding.
    His praise endures forever!

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. Why should we look for Christ in all the Scriptures? What did David write about the divinity and permanent priesthood of Christ? – (Ps.110:1-6) = This song gives dominion to the king, and to the King of all kings (Ps.110:1-3, 5-6). To make sense of the Scriptures, we must be looking for Christ all through them, because they were written about Him (c.f. Lk.24:44-45). To prove to the Scribes and Pharisees that He was Lord on the same level as God, Jesus quoted from Psalm 110:1 in Matthew 22:41-45. The N.T. writers also quoted Psalm 110:4 when referring to Christ, not just concerning His Kingship, but also His permanent role as Priest … not of Levi’s line, but of the new/ancient order of Melchizedek (Heb.5:5-10 c.f. Gen.14:18-20). None of these references could apply to David who wrote the Psalm. The Psalm hardly makes sense if we don’t see it as a prophecy about Christ.

Q.2. Why is the promise of an everlasting covenant so remarkable? Why does God deal so graciously with sinners? – (Ps.111:4-9) = This Psalm described God’s covenant with His people as everlasting, so therefore unbreakable – … He will remember His covenant forever … He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name (Ps.111:5 & 9). This is remarkable, because the covenant was made firstly with Abraham who was a flawed sinner, like all others after him. In other words, God never made a covenant with anyone other than sinners … and yet it is forever. God did not enter into an everlasting covenant because it was either deserved, or because it is possible for sinners to keep their side of the bargain. He entered into this covenant entirely because it is an expression of His nature. That is why all the focus is upon the excellence of the Lord – 4 … The Lord is gracious and compassionate … 7 The works of His hands are truth and justice; All His precepts are sure. 8 They are upheld forever and ever; They are performed in truth and uprightness (Ps.111:4, 7-8). This is wonderful news for redeemed people.

Q.3. Fear influences all our responses in life. Why does the fear of the Lord help us to make wise choices in life? – (Ps.111:1-3,10) = The songwriter delighted in the Lord (Ps.111:1-3). We are all defined by whom we fear – The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted (c.f. Prov.29:25). To get the right perspective on life, we must learn to consider and value life from God’s point of view – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever (Ps.111:10). Fearing what people think of us will lead to compromise. In contrast, fearing God will help us to stand true, regardless of the cost.


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

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