This short psalm is cited, or is referred to in several important New Testament passages concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. We find verse one in Matthew 22:44, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:42-43, and Acts 2:34-35, and Hebrews 10:13. Verse 4 (the Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”) is cited in Hebrews 7:17-21 and Hebrews 5:6. In Genesis 14:17-18, we learn that Melchizedek was “priest of God Most High,” though he was not even a Jew.
In the gospels, Jesus draws attention to the fact that David called the king “my Lord,” meaning that the king (the Messiah) was greater than David. Verses 2-7 look to the Davidic king’s rule over God’s people, even when threatened by hostile powers (rule in the midst of your enemies). The people of God will offer themselves freely on the day of your power – as in on the day God exerts his power to bring the Gentiles into the fold (verse 7).
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