“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2: 4-7
This Psalm causes a deal of debate amongst theologians with regards date, origin and purpose; is it all about King David and his authority over all twelve tribes, is it purely prophetic in relation to the Messiah or is it both? It is also one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament. I do not believe that it is an ‘either or’ Psalm, rather a ‘both and.’ It does relate to King David but clearly speaks prophetically of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In relation to David it clearly shows him in the threefold role of King, Prophet and Priest. He was King over the people and at times filled priestly roles (2 Sam. 6: 14, 17-18); he clearly writes prophetically. This, in line with the order of Melchizedek, the King and Priest who blessed Abraham (Genesis 14: 18-20). The promises God made to David and the people were answered in victory.
For me the Psalm speaks directly and tremendously of Jesus Christ. The Psalm shows Christ as King, Prophet and Priest. God gave Christ victory over the ultimate enemies of sin and death and raised Him in power to His right hand, putting all under His dominion (Ephesians 1: 19b -23). The Psalm looks even further forward to a time of accountability for all, where Christ will return in full authority as Judge.
Promises fulfilled in Victory!
This Psalm helps us to know Jesus more as we look at His characteristics and roles: King; Prophet; Priest; and Judge. Each are worthy of contemplation and praise. The Psalm assures us of God’s faithfulness and trustworthiness; we can hold onto, believe in and live out His promises. These promises provide us with all we need to live the lives He asks of us (2 Peter 1: 4). The Psalm also shows us God’s plan of salvation with ultimate victory on Christ’s return. This final phase of God’s will, brings to all of us a time where we account for our lives. This is the ‘big picture’ that we need to view our lives through and in His power amend them accordingly.
If this latter point fills us with a sense of inadequacy and awe filled fear then hear this final promise, God has raised us up with Christ! Read the verses at the top of this blog (Ephesians 2: 4-7). We have life and power in Christ; God pours out His mercy, grace, kindness and incomparable richness into our hearts through Jesus. This promise WILL be fulfilled in victory over sin and death!
The Question of Application
What aspect of this Psalm has the Holy Spirit highlighted to you: Christ’s characteristics; God’s salvation plan; the assuredness of promises fulfilled in victory; or our position in Christ? Whichever it is give yourself time to meditate on His Word and hear what riches God has for you.
Lord Jesus Christ you are King of kings and Lord of lords, born as a man, exalted now on high, priest of the new covenant, prophet and judge who will come at the end of time. May God raise us to the heavenlies in you so that we may live our lives to honour you and welcome you on your return in ultimate Victory; Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen
All Hail King Jesus by Bethany Wohrle
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