THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Scripture: Psalm 110:1-7
Psalm 110 is a portrait of a balanced Christ in the last days. And if we are going to look at one Psalm that describes Jesus as both Judge and as Savior, Psalm 110 might well be the best. In verses 1-2 it says, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’ The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies.” Verses 3,4 state, “Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. The Lord has sworn And will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.’” Verses 3 and 4 are fairly pastoral and are very Priestly. Verses 5-7 says, “The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries. He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; Therefore He shall lift up the head.” Psalm 110 starts out with two judicial verses, transitions to two Pastoral verses and ends with three Judicial verses. I believe it is a picture of what the church is supposed to look like in the last days. It is supposed to be fully balanced and ready to represent the Judge, then transition to representing the Priest in order to gather the harvest that manifested judgment motivates! I had the privilege of training a Smith Wigglesworth-type believer early in the ministry. In those days, I emphasized faith and obeying the leadership of the Holy Spirit. This man was a machinist who programmed his computer driver lathe and then monitored it for eight hours. The Lord told him to study his Bible while monitoring. A new shop foreman objected and threatened him—no studying the Bible on his watch. The believer refused to stop studying the Bible at the continued leadership of the Spirit. The second day the foreman objected and wrote him up, taking disciplinary action. The third day this believer continued studying his Bible. The shop foreman said that violation, three days in a row, deserved termination. My friend declared, “What you are demanding is dangerous to your health because the Lord told me to study my Bible!” At that moment the shop foreman dropped dead at that man’s feet! Every man on that floor came to this machinist saying, we want to know your Jesus! He led them to salvation. Great end-time harvests follow manifestations of Jesus the Judge! Are we there or are we exclusively staying in verses 3 and 4? It is time to grow into people who can represent all of Christ.