Wednesday, September 07, 2011

110907 - Psalm 108-110 - The Right Hand of the Savior

S: That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer me!
(Psalm 108:6)

Appoint a wicked man against him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. (Psalm 109:6)

For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death. (Psalm 109:31)

The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool." (Psalm 110:1)

The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. (Psalm 110:5)

O: The right hand represents blessing, skill and power. To pray against one's enemies, as David has done in Psalm 109, that an accuser (or Satan) stand at his right hand was to turn their blessing and effectiveness into curses. In Acts 1, Peter applied this passage to Judas. By contrast, God is the protector and Savior of the needy person, and the ultimate fulfillment of the symbolism is Christ, the Anointed One, who has the place of blessing and exercises all the power and authority of God.

A: I think the New Testament command is to love and pray for our enemies and those who would do us wrong - but I also think it's appropriate to look at the Lord as our defender against persecutors and ask him to thwart their schemes. Jesus is our Savior - not just in the ultimate sense, but a Savior we can look toward every day to deliver His beloved ones. It's right to look forward to the day Psalm 110 anticipates, when everything will be subdued under our Savior's feet.

P: Lord Jesus, I do pray for your coming, and long for that day when everything will be set right, when the accuser is bound and you rule on earth just as you do in heaven.

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