The Promise of Joy in the Desert


March 27, 2021

Psalm 110

To the tune of “How Firm a Foundation” Sing it at

1 The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand;
Until all your enemies no more can stand.
I’ll make them a footstool for under your feet.”
2 And you’ll rule from Zion—your vict’ry complete.

3 Your troops will be willing on your battle day;
They will be majestic in holy array.
From dawn’s early womb, they will serve you in truth,
They’ll be like the dew in the prime of their youth.

4 The Lord God has sworn and will not change His mind:
You’re a priest forever of a unique kind.
Your priesthood is not like the one you have known;
Melchizedek’s order is both priest and throne.

5 The Lord’s at your right hand—He’ll crush kings in wrath.
6 He’ll judge all the nations—the dead fill His path.
He’ll crush all earth’s kings. When to brooks He is led,
7 He’ll drink peacefully and will lift up His head.


Down through the ages of the church, Song 110 has often been considered the crown jewel of the whole songbook. From the ancient Trinitarian allusions to the order of Melchizedek, to the final judgment, Song 110 is layered with messianic prophecies, now fulfilled by Jesus.

Charles H. Spurgeon, in The Treasury of David: Classic Reflections on the Wisdom of the Psalms, quoted the great reformer Martin Luther, who called Psalm 110 “a well-spring— nay, a treasury of all Christian doctrines, understanding, wisdom, and comfort, richer and fuller than any other passage of Holy Writ.”

Continuing on Song 110, Spurgeon went on to quote Augustine’s description, “‘verbis brevis, sensu infinitus,’ short in words, but in sense infinite.”

The psalm puts us in touch with “the joy set before us,” as we travel the desert path home (see Hebrews 12:2).

When you sing this one, remember: you are singing with Luther and Augustine and, yes, Jesus.

Ask Yourself. Share with Another.

Is the season in which you are living coinciding with the season of Lent? If so, then you are riding this train all the way to Jerusalem. If not, you can get off at this station. But the station of the cross is good for any season. You’ve come this far. It would be good for your soul to ride it out.


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For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt