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Verses 5-7

3. The victory of Messiah 110:5-7

Messiah’s victory over His enemies will be great. David saw Messiah presently seated at God the Father’s right hand (cf. Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12). In the future He will wage war (cf. Joel 3:2; Joel 3:11-14; Revelation 16:16; Revelation 19:13-15). Messiah drinking by a brook pictures Him renewing His strength. Yahweh will exalt Messiah because of His victorious conquest. [Note: See Allen, Rediscovering Prophecy, pp. 173-94.]

Later revelation helps us understand that Messiah will come back to the earth with His saints; He will not wage this particular war from heaven (Zechariah 14:4; Revelation 19). He will fight against the nations that oppose Him at the end of the Tribulation. This is the battle of Armageddon (Daniel 11:36-45; Revelation 19:17-19). Following victory in that battle He will rule on the earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-10).

The Epistle to the Hebrews expounds this psalm. It clarifies especially how Jesus Christ fulfilled what David prophesied here about Messiah being a king-priest (Hebrews 7:1 to Hebrews 10:18; cf. Zechariah 6:12-13). [Note: On the subject of David and Solomon functioning as both a king and a priest, see 2 Samuel 6:14, 17-18; 1 Kings 8:14, 55, 62-64; and Merrill, "Psalms," p. 186.]

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