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 PSALM 110

The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.


 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15






Psalm 110 is often called the ascension Psalm.  That is because of it’s first verse.  “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” 

We believe these are the very words God the Father spoke to Jesus on His return to Heaven forty days after His resurrection.  Thus we believe Jesus is right now sitting at the right hand of the Father.  What is He doing?  According to our verse He is waiting.  He is waiting for the Great Second Coming, when He rides that White Horse of Revelation 19 back to earth, conquering all His enemies. 

Thank God for this vital truth, taught primarily in Psalm 110.

Now let’s discuss one more thing today.  In the meantime, what occupies Jesus’ attention?  In Hebrews 7:25 we learn that Jesus is praying.  He ever liveth to make intercession for us,  His children.  I personally believe our Lord’s prayers right now in Heaven are compatible with His petitions found in John Chapter 17. 

Just think of that, we have a Saviour who has conquered Death, Hell and the Grave. Gone back to Heaven to be with His Father. Awaiting the final victory over antichrist, the dragon, the false prophet and all the demons of Hell. Yet also today, He will be praying for you and me!

Praise the Lord!

                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell   




The second verse of Psalm 110 talks of God’s Power. Let’s listen to it. “The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.”

This we believe is God the Father talking to God the Son, sometime in eternity past.

 Some day Jesus is coming back to earth, literally. This time not merely as Lamb of God either! Rather as the Lion of God, ruling and dictating and directing the planet!

 God here invests in Jesus “the rod of strength.” Reminds one of the prophecy about the Messiah spoken long ago in Genesis 49:10, about His now well known “scepter.”

 This rod, “matteh” in Hebrew, sort of typifies the comforting “rod and staff” of Psalm 23 as well, when pointed toward God’s Own children. But a rod of correction when applied to the rebellious lost of a future time, a rod of destruction!

 Jesus shall “rule,” serve as King, with “radah” meaning “to have dominion” over all God’s enemies too!

Thank the Lord today. We are on the winning Side! Things may at times look bleak in this apostate age, but Jesus is coming again!

 As Victor!

 Praise His Name!

                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




We are studying Psalm 110. One of its most amazing features is how often it's quoted in the New Testament. Jesus Himself included, a superb Student of Scripture!

For example, in Mark 12:36 we read these word, Jesus talking: "For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool."


Beyond doubt Psalm 110 is Messianic. That means that its main Subject is the Messiah, the coming King of Israel, God's Anointed One! That's Jesus to us Christians! Really, that's Jesus, period!

So here David just said to God, to the Lord in Heaven: "God, Thou hast made Thy Messiah, Thy Son Jesus, to sit at Thy Right Hand!" Sharing the very Throne of Omnipotence with Thee!"

God the Father ... calling Jesus the Lord!

That's critically important!

If this event happened, and it did, then Jesus is Lord!

Jesus is God!

Jesus is the Eternal Son!

Jesus is on the Throne!

What a Verse to prove the Deity of Christ!

Even Jesus used it that way too!

The One Who died to save me from my sins in None Other than God.

Psalm 110 proves this fact conclusively.

A Bible Lesson today, from the lips of Jesus our Saviour!

                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Today we look at part of the third verse of Psalm 110, a Messianic chapter of God’s Word. We’re paying special attention to the clause “Thou hast the dew of Thy youth.”

Here’s the whole sentence: Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.” Again, this is Psalm 110:3.

The noun “dew” is “tal” in Hebrew. It means just what it says, “the morning moisture.” But it’s built upon a verb that means “to cover with a roof!” The dew does that to all creation! However, Biblically it is an emblem of freshness and fertility and power!

The noun “youth” also is essential to our thought today. “Yalduth” means “childhood,” being taken from “yeled,” a “son, a child, offspring.” The “fruit” of one’s loins.

Putting the clause together now, “Thou hast the dew of Thy Youth,” Jesus is here being called “eternally young!” Or this, “forever strong, always potent!” The theologians correctly say “omnipotent.”

Oh yes, He’s the Saviour Who will “never grow old!”

He is perpetually “vigorous and fertile” and perennially “fresh!”

I’ve never been bored with Him, have any of you?

He is always thrilling, uplifting, energizing!

He never changes.

And Paul in Hebrews 13:8 agrees. “Jesus Christ the Same yesterday, and today, and forever.”


Next time you see the dew, think of Him!

He made it as a picture of Himself.

                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The 110th Psalm is our Text these days. We are traveling through this great piece of inspired Literature a verse at a time.

We have today arrived at that part of the third verse that says to Jesus, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy Power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning.” This is today’s Lesson, these sublime words spoken to Jesus prophetically.

When Jesus comes again to this earth, in that great time of future Revelation of the Son of God, His “people” will be more eager to obey Him than ever!

Think of the disobedience and stubbornness at least partial rebellion against the Lord today, even in the so-called good Churches! The half-heartedness, the luke-warmness, the me-first attitudes that prevail! All of which are lived in a spirit of total or partial disobedience to our Lord.

Things will change when Jesus comes again! Again, “Lord Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy Power.”

Willing Baptists!

Then the remark David makes about the “beauties of holiness” is interesting. The noun for “beauties” is “hadar” in Hebrew. It means “ornaments.” It is derived from a verb that means “to adorn, to put one’s clothes on his body.” This is likely a reference to Jesus as the Great High Priest! That’s a truth the next verse mentions so powerfully too, about Melchizedek.

The High Priest of God, Jesus our Lord and Saviour, wearing the glorified garments of the Priesthood! Praying for us, interceding for us, ministering to us in all his Glory from the Father’s Right Hand!

Let’s put it all together now. And worship Jesus accordingly! “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy Power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning.”


Oh, the “womb of the morning” term indicates eternal youth! We have a Master, the Darling Son of God, Who will never grow old.

Praise his Name!

                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The words are adamant, filled with resolve. And guaranteed by all the Power of an Almighty God!

Psalm 110:4 has God saying to Jesus, “Thou art a Priest!” This is Jesus our Saviour. This is Jesus the Virgin-Born Child of Bethlehem. This is Jesus the crucified yet risen Lord of Life.

And He is also a Priest?


Yes indeed!

But watch the language in which God cradles this promise, this vow about Jesus being an eternal Priest.

“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent.” Psalm 110:4, straight from the Word of God, King James Version.

God the Father hath sworn Jesus to be a Priest! That Hebrew verb, “shaba,” means “to promise by oath, to adjure, to risk one’s own reputation upon a stated truth.” Note that “shaba” is derived from a verb that means “to say something seven times!” The Hebrew noun “seven” is spelled “sheba,” the similarity is obvious.

If God says something once it is true! He can not lie according to Titus 1:2. But if God feels so strongly that He declares a Matter seven times, He “swears” to its authenticity, then rest assured … it is so!

“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent” … that Jesus is a Priest forever!

The term “will not repent” incorporates the verb “nacham,” God will not “nacham.” It means “to be sorry, to regret,” to change or repent in that sense!

One of the strongest statements in the Bible, for sure!

God doubly promising a Fact!

What fact?

“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4

This must be critically important!

And, Lord willing, we’ll study more tomorrow about Jesus’ Priesthood.

And about Melchizedek.

Meanwhile, what a Saviour we serve!

And worship!

Our High Priest in Heaven right now!

Interceding for us!

Praise the Lord.

                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Psalm we are studying is fundamentally important to the understanding that Jesus is our Great High Priest.

Especially verse four, where God the Father says to God the Son: Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

As you know, all the Old Testament priests were of the order of Levi, one of the tribes of Israel. These men had to be born into that blood line, descendents of Levi.

But God the Father had ordained that Jesus be a High Priest too! The true and living High Priest!

But this Plan was problematic, humanly speaking. Jesus was born of the Tribe of Judah, the ruling Tribe, the group from which the Kings of Israel sprang!

Jesus was not of Levi’s lineage!

Could He then become a Priest?


God made a way!

And he illustrated that way beautifully and graphically for us all to behold!

Jesus was made a Priest after the type of Melchizedek!

But, who is he?

Not Levi, for sure.

We meet this man in Genesis 14:18. He meets Abraham right after the Patriarch’s battle with the confederacy that had captured his nephew Lot. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.”

There he is!

The man is a King!

The man lives in the city of Salem, the city of Peace!

The man’s name incorporates the Hebrew noun for “righteousness!”

He is obviously special!

He is obviously a pre-incarnation picture of Jesus, a Type of Christ!

Jesus is a king from the City of Peace and is blamelessly Righteous!

And both men were Priests too!

That what the serving of bread and wine imply, demand really.

And the next verse is informative too. From Genesis 14:19-20. “And Melchizededek blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.”

So now I can add this about Jesus, about His being a perfect fulfillment of the Melchizedek priesthood.

Jesus blesses those under His Charge too!

Oh, does Jesus bless us!

More tomorrow.

About this unusual man of history and about the Son of God Whom he pictures.

Meanwhile, pray to your High Priest today! And remember, He is praying for you too!

                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




What do we know about this man Melchizedek?

The Old Testament tells us some things, but not a lot.

Then comes the Book of Hebrews! There the author, perhaps Paul, tells us a good bit more.

Hebrews 5:6 and 5:10 and 6:20 mention him. As do Hebrews 7:1 and 7:10-11 and Hebrews 7:15 and 7:17 as well as 7:21. And each reference to Melchisedec, using the New Testament spelling now, is linked to Jesus!

Here are some facts about Melchisedec gleaned from the foregoing verses:

He is “priest of the Most  High God!”

He is “without father, without mother, without descent.”

He has “neither beginning of days, nor end of life.”

He is “made like unto the Son of God.”

He “abideth a priest continually.”

He is a “great man.”

He is older than Levi, who was not yet born when Melchisedec ministered.

He is a Type of Jesus Christ, after our Lord’s “similitude.”

He is yet contrasted with Jesus, Jesus the Greater than any high Priest who ever lived, “Jesus Who is made a Surety of a better testament.”

Put all these laudations together, all these heavenly accolades, and Jesus, far greater than Melchisedec, is an Awesome High Priest!

Folks, I think really the main emphasis here is that the Priesthood of Melchisedec is endless, where the priests of the line of Levi all had temporary careers!

Thus we may confidently declare, JESUS IS ETERNAL IN HIS PRIESTHOOD! He will never die again. He will be our Anchor at the Father’s Right Hand for all the ages to come.

And our safety as Believers is dependent on the efficacy, the power, the glory of the Lord Jesus as our Intercessor!

Glory to his Name!

Worship Him today.

Enjoy His Ministry today on your behalf!

                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




When Jesus came the first time, via the Virgin Birth, little babies were slain by a wicked king. All to try to kill the Lord Jesus, then just an infant!

But when Jesus comes again, literally riding a white horse to earth, wicked and rebellious and apostate kings will be slain, by our dear Lord Jesus Himself!

Talk about “turn-around!”

Talk about a class of people reaping what they have sown!

Here’s my Text for such a statement, part of the chapter we’ve all been studying recently, Psalm 110. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.” Verses 5 and 6 here.

Sounds rather militant, doesn’t it?

God the Father, at Jesus’ Side right now, will do these things, these strange acts of judgment.

The noun “wrath” is “aph” in Hebrew, realty the little word of theirs that means “nostrils” of all things! It pictures God so mad that He is breathing hard through His Nose, nearly snorting in Holy Anger! Judgment finally, on sin, worldwide!

So many dead bodies that areas of the Holy Land, the entire earth really, will be “filled.” This word, “male,” actually means “abundant, overflowing.”

And the expression “wounding heads” is self explanatory. Reminds me of what Jesus did to the devil at the Cross of Calvary. He gloriously crushed his head, that old serpent’s! In fulfillment of Genesis 3:15, spoken to the prince of evil. “He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His Heel.” In other words, Jesus will be hurt at Calvary, but only his heels! Yet the enemy’s very head will be bruised. And “shuph” here means “crushed, broken, seized!”


What victory awaits Jesus!

Yes, Psalm 110:1 is right. Jesus is sitting at the Father’s Right Hand, waiting until His enemies are made His footstool!

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

What thoughts!

                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The last verse of Psalm 110, our current Text, is truly the apex of the whole chapter. The pinnacle of thought, the ultimate point of victory!

Talking about Jesus, the coming Messiah, David writes: He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.” Psalm 110:7

This word picture has our Lord completing His great Battle with iniquity. At His Second Advent to earth, conquering the Devil finally!

In the midst of the Conflict, Jesus gets thirsty! He drinks, then continues to pursue the enemy! The verb “drink” is “shathah,” meaning “to consume a liquid vigorously.”

Much like He thirsted on Calvary, then died for you and me! Paying all our sin debt!

Then the “lifting up of one’s head” is a sign of encouragement and strength, fresh strength!

I read last year that when a little deer overcomes his greatest enemy, the serpent, he gets thirsty! And wants to drink from a nearby creek or river! Jesus is that Hart, that Roe, that innocent and beautiful little animal! Jesus is also the Lamb of God!

Another Bible teacher suggests that the brook from which our Lord drank is the polluted stream of sin and filth for which cause He died. He tasted death for every man! “Brook” here is the Hebrew word “nachal,” which suggests a “stream” but also at times a “river” and occasionally even a “flood!”

He endured that torrent and died for you and me, was subsequently buried … then rose again! That’s the “lifting up of His Head!” Here “lifting up” is rum,” a verb meaning “exalted, extolled.” He gloriously came up out of the grave!

All kinds of ideas about Jesus here, “He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.”

What a God we serve!

Yes, even the noun “head,” spelled "rosh” in Hebrew, has a significant meaning. It is defined as “chief, captain, principal one, the ruler,” quite a range of Messianic meanings!

Jesus, Son of God!

With all God’s Essence because He is Lord. He is Divine. He is the Third Person of the Godhead, the Trinity.

And among His many ineffable attributes we must add this one, He is Victor!

He is the great Man of War Who is successful in all He does!

Our ever living High Priest!


How safe every child of God must feel in light of this Truth!

Thank You, Jesus.

                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




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