Psalm 110 | God the Holy Spirit was never sent to ‘become ours’, He was sent so that we would become more fully God’s! (Pentecost Sunday)
The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion. It is in and through the church that for the present the power of the Messiah is known. Jehovah has given to Jesus all authority in the midst of his people, whom he rules with his royal sceptre, and this power goes forth with divine energy from the church for the ingathering of the elect, and the subduing of all evil.
We have need to pray for the sending out of the rod of divine strength. It was by his rod that Moses smote the Egyptians, and wrought wonders for Israel, and even so whenever the Lord Jesus sends forth the rod of his strength, our spiritual enemies are overcome.
This promise began to be fulfilled at Pentecost, and it continues even to this day, and shall yet have a grander fulfilment.
O God of eternal might, let the strength of our Lord Jesus be more clearly seen, and let the nations see it as coming forth out of the midst of thy feeble people, even from Zion, the place of thine abode. Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies as he does whenever his mighty sceptre of grace is stretched forth to renew and save them. Moses' rod brought water out of the flinty rock, and the gospel of Jesus soon causes repentance to flow in rivers from the once hardened heart of man.
Jesus, however hated by men, is still the King of kings. His rule is over even the most unwilling, so as to overrule their fiercest opposition to the advancement of His cause.
Charles Spurgeon (On Psalm 110:2)
Given to him of old, they are his people, and when his power is revealed, these hasten with cheerfulness to own his sway, appearing at the gospel call as it were spontaneously, even as the dew comes forth in the morning. Let but the gospel be preached with divine unction, and the chosen of the Lord respond to it like troops in the day of the mustering of armies.
The realization of this day of power during the time of the Lord's tarrying is that which we should constantly pray for; and we may legitimately expect it since he ever sits in the seat of honour and power,
Charles Spurgeon (On Psalm 110:3)
Like Gideon's men that lapped, he shall throw his heart into the fray and cut it short in righteousness, because a short work will the Lord make in the earth.
Charles Spurgeon (On Psalm 110:7)
But the psalm, by its very form, recalls us to a situation still in movement. We are left with the picture of the Warrior following up his victory, like Gideon and his three hundred at the Jordan, ‘faint yet pursuing’ (Judg. 8:4), pausing only to renew his strength and press on to complete the rout. Such is the leader, we are to infer, who beckons us to follow.