A Season of Psalms - Psalm 110:5-7
“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 over the wide earth. He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Go out or stay in?” When the refrigerator is bare or you’re tired of cooking, this can be a monumental decision. But it also creates what is known as “decision fatigue”: weighing the pros and cons of staying close to home versus going out to dinner or out with friends. This is such a common problem that social scientists have created “decision trees” that help you navigate your thought processes and aid you in making that ultimate decision. Through a series of questions with multiple outcomes, these decision trees will work through your feelings and lead you to the answer of that oh-so-important question: “Go out or stay in?”
The armies of Israel didn’t suffer from “decision fatigue” nor did they consult decision trees. They chose to go out because they knew the Lord would grant them success in their military endeavors. Paraphrasing verse 1, the Lord says “If you stay near me, I will take care of you and fight for you.” Read through the Old Testament books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles; kings who placed themselves at the Lord’s right hand marched to victory, even when grossly outnumbered; those who didn’t were soundly defeated. Here in Psalm 110, the Lord promises to execute judgment on the kings and peoples who come up against His anointed, against the one who is the priest-king in the order of Melchizedek (Melchizedek was a priest of divine ordination, not of fleshly, Levitical descent as in the line of Aaron).
Is the Lord at your right hand? He promises to be at yours to fight your battles and deliver you. You may be facing ongoing health struggles, financial difficulties, or marital woes, but with God at your right hand, you will not be defeated. The victory is yours in Jesus Christ! He knows what you’re going through and He’s vowed to fight for you every step of the way. So what should we do? Trust Him. He will save you.
Further Reading: Psalm 20; Jeremiah 17:5-10
Pray with me:
Father, You know the burdens of my heart. You know my worries and my anxious thoughts. But in this I am confident: with You at my right hand, I have the victory and I will not be defeated. And I claim this promise in Jesus’ name, Amen.