Psalm 110:1 opens: “The LORD says to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.'”
As Jesus makes clear in the New Testament (Matthew 22:41-46) this is a Messianic Psalm — “my Lord” here is Jesus Himself. This verse is rich with truths about Him:
— “sit”: One sits when his work is finished. Jesus completed His work of redemption and has sat down at the right hand of God. He is not still working to accomplish it; as Hebrews 10:12 says, “But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God.” This is why He cried out on the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) The work of our redemption was completed by Jesus once for all!
— “at My right hand”: the “right hand” is the place of prominence. When Jesus sat down, He did it at the right hand of God: the place of greatest power and authority. As Philippians 2:9 says, “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.”
— “until”: this means that there is an interim time. Jesus has sat down at the right hand of God, but everything is not yet as it will be. As Hebrews 2:8 says, “But now we do not yet see all things subjected to Him.” This world rejects God’s Messiah, and sin and the enemy seem to run rampant. But it is important for us to realize that it will not always be that way. It is for a time only: “until”! Soon things will change.
— “I make Your enemies a footstool”: this signifies ultimate victory! Jesus is waiting at the right hand of God “until” the appointed time when He comes with power and great glory. Then “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”! (Philippians 2:10-11)
God the Father, who cannot lie, has promised that soon even Jesus’ enemies will serve Him. Therefore let us, as His people, be all the more committed to worship and serve Him, despite any opposition and ridicule we may experience. Let us be faithful as we wait for our King!