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At the Right Hand

Psalm 110 is the most-quoted psalm in the entire New Testament. I am convinced that if the people of God would meditate upon this psalm, they would cease to live mediocre lives. They would know that they are worshiping a mighty, powerful God—not who will be, but who already is a powerful God.

Verse 1 says, “The LORD says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’”

Why is He going to sit at the right hand? In that time, if you were invited to somebody’s home for a meal and they seated you at the table at the right hand, you were sitting in the seat of honor. When it came to the king’s table, it was the greatest honor of all. It meant that you shared in the king’s power. This was the clearest evidence that you were equal with the king. This invitation gave evidence that you could exercise the power and authority of the king.

When Christ rose from the dead and went back to heaven, back to that seat of power, the Father said, “Well done, Son. You just sit at my right hand until I make every one of your enemies to be a footstool.”

Jesus, of whom David spoke 1,000 years before He was born, is the Lord of lords and the King of kings right now. That Jesus is reigning and ruling supreme as we speak. Every one of us has only two choices: Either we can bow to Him and revere Him with deep gratitude and thanksgiving for His love and forgiveness, or we will become His footstool. The choice is ours.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Thank You that Christ is seated at Your right hand today. Amen.

“The LORD says to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’” (Psalm 110:1).


A Reason to Praise

Psalm 47:1 says: “Clap your hands, all you people. Shout to the Lord.” Most people have no problem clapping and shouting for their favorite sports team, but when it comes to church, they become tongue-tied, merely mouthing the words. Some don’t even do that. They come to praise God, but they never do. They keep their mouths shut.

Today, in every corner of the globe, God’s people are suffering at the hands of persecutors who falsely accuse them simply because they believe in Jesus. The police chase them like criminals. In every corner of the globe, Christians are being muzzled and intimidated, even in the West.

Psalm 47 reminds us that the day is coming when we are going to reign and rule with Christ in the universe. The day is coming when He will subdue nations under us and the people of this world will be under our feet. No matter what we face in this life, we can rejoice in the promise of Christ’s eternal victory.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for the times when I don’t praise You. Help me to never be ashamed to boldly praise Your name. Thank You for the reminder that one day we will rule with You. Amen.

“How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet” (Psalm 47:2-3).


The Bride of Christ

Psalm 45 is a wedding song that tells the story of the king’s wedding—the wedding of all weddings. Psalm 45 is a prophecy about the coming of our groom, King Jesus. It paints a picture of King Jesus preparing a place for His bride, the Church, and then coming back to take her to His Father’s house.

In His first coming, Jesus betrothed every believer to Him on the Cross of Calvary. He told everyone who belongs to Him: “I love you. I died for you. I have chosen you and have paid the heaviest dowry that could be paid with my own precious blood. I am betrothing you to myself and I am committed to you. I will take you to my Father’s house.”

For those who are part of the bride of Christ, soon—whether we go to Him first or He comes back to us first—we will hear those words: “Welcome home. I have been preparing my Father’s house for you. I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have shown you my love on the Cross; now you can see it fully. Come inherit your Father’s kingdom. I know that you have waited longingly for me, but the wait is over. Now enter into my Father’s glory.”

Prayer: Father, thank You that when I accepted You, I became a part of the bride of Christ. Thank You for the inheritance that awaits me. Amen.

“As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you” (Isaiah 62:5).


Victorious King Jesus

Psalm 47 is a testimony to what God did on behalf of Israel. He supernaturally brought them out of slavery in Egypt after 400 years by parting the Red Sea and drowning their slave masters. He provided for them for forty years in the wilderness supernaturally. He took them across the Jordan River supernaturally. He empowered them to pull down the strong, mighty walls of Jericho supernaturally. He gave them the land of promise supernaturally.

And yet, when they got into the Promised Land, they got bogged down in their lives and in their rituals, and they forgot about the God who supernaturally delivered them. They began to worship other gods, putting their hope in sticks, stones, and worthless, dumb idols.

Psalm 47 says that the day is coming when the name of the Lord will be lifted high throughout all the earth. Verses 5-6 say, “God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises.” That is how the Lord Jesus is going to appear—with a trumpet and a shout.

Knowing that our victorious King Jesus is returning to subdue our enemies and be enthroned by our praises should cause us to rejoice in the midst of tough times. May He be exalted both now and forevermore!

Prayer: Praise You God, for being my victorious King. May I never forget Your eternal victory! I look forward to the day when You will be lifted high throughout all the earth! Amen.

“For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:7-8).


Moving Stones

Jesus’ resurrection proves to the world that He is truly the one and only Lord and Savior. No other religious leader in history has accomplished this miracle. Jesus is the only one who can forgive our sins and give us peace in our lives. He is the only one who has conquered death and who can guarantee us eternal life. He is the only one who is the Son of God.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ also tells us that He is our victory. He can remove any stone in our lives. He can comfort our deepest sorrows. He can conquer any sin or addiction in our lives. He can help us overcome any doubt or fear we face. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4-5).

Are you trapped in a tomb of despair and pain today? Have your dreams been shattered—your hopes crushed? Then seek the peace that only God can provide. God’s power raised Jesus from the dead and removed the stone from the tomb. And He can remove the stones in your life—no matter how big they may seem.

Prayer: God, I pray that You would remove the stones in my life. Thank You that no stone is too big for You. Amen.

“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away” (Mark 16:4).


The Foreshadowing of the Cross

The symbol of the Cross did not first appear at the death of Jesus. As early as the book of Genesis, we begin to see the foreshadowing of the Cross.

From the moment Adam and Eve decided to go their own way from God’s commandments, God began lifting up the Cross. We see it when the blood of an innocent lamb was shed to atone for Adam and Eve’s disobedience. We see the symbol of the Cross when God’s people participated in Passover.

But these animal sacrifices of the Old Testament could never take away sin permanently. Only the pure blood of the Lamb of God can truly purge sin. The animal sacrifices reminded God’s people that sin is a costly offense to a holy God.

And these sacrifices pointed forward to the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. Many people are drawn to the magnanimous love of God, but they hesitate to acknowledge the righteous and holy side of God. Righteousness demands that sin be punished. For God’s justice to prevail, sin and rebellion against God must be dealt with. Since the only covering for sin is the shedding of innocent blood, God shed His own blood—the most innocent blood of all.

Because God shed His own blood, we can find forgiveness of sins, relief from guilt, peace with God and eternal life in heaven. May all glory, honor, and thanksgiving be given to God for the enormity of His sacrifice upon the Cross.

Prayer: God, thank You for Your justice and for providing a way for our sins to be forgiven, once and for all. Amen.

“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).


The Purposes of the Cross

The Cross of Christ serves four key purposes. First, Jesus died on the Cross to satisfy God’s justice. God’s Word says that “the wages of sin are death” (Romans 6:23). When we break God’s law, we must pay the penalty. Jesus, the only sinless one, paid that penalty for us on the Cross.

Second, Jesus died on the Cross to redeem His own children. He delivered us from sin and death. Every one of us is born into enmity with God, but God has provided the way back to Him through the Cross.

Third, Jesus died on the Cross to justify believers. It was an act of gracious justice. God does not excuse our sin as a minor concern. Rather, He forgives and restores us when we come to Him in repentance and humility through faith in Jesus Christ. God gives us salvation from sin and death as a gift—a very costly gift.

Fourth, Jesus died on the Cross to reconcile all of those who will believe in Him to His Father. Sin creates a wall between us and God; only Jesus can tear down that wall. When we are reconciled with God, it transforms us from being God’s enemies to being His children.

Without the Cross, there is no forgiveness of sin, no salvation. There can be no relief from guilt; no peace of mind; no eternal life with God in heaven.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for Your precious and amazing gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:24-25).


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