A magnificent display of the exaltation and sovereignty
of Christ as High Priest of the Church is exhibited. It is delightful to
study this glorious office. The contemplation tends to sanctify. May it mold
us into heavenly likeness!
1. "The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand,
until I make Your enemies Your footstool."
Let us give thanks for every revelation of Christ. We can
only see Him as the Father by the Spirit shall withdraw the veil. But here
we are invited to contemplate His glorious session at the right hand of all
preeminence. There He wields the scepter of universal supremacy. In mad
rebellion many foes defy; but they must lie prostrate at His feet. The word
is everlasting truth. Those My enemies that do not want Me to reign over
them, bring here and slay them before Me. When His chariot-wheels of triumph
shall crush the enemies, may we shout loyally, Lo! this is our God; we have
waited for Him; He will save us!
2. "The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out
of Zion; rule You in the midst of Your enemies."
The all-conquering instrument of this triumph is the
proclamation of His truth from Zion, the type of His Church. This word when
applied by the Spirit rides gloriously. No sophistry of man can gainsay. The
rock is softened, and the heart of enmity melts into love. Thus in the midst
of enemies the omnipotence of His kingdom rules. May this weapon beat down
every hostile feeling of rebellious nature. Let our constant desire be,
'Come in, You to whom we vow allegiance. Take to Yourself Your great power,
and reign within us as ruler of every thought.
3. "Your people shall be willing 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 well knows His own. "They were Yours, and You
gave them to Me." When He utters His attractive call they flock to Him on
delighted wings. They swiftly fly as doves to their windows. Shining in the
beauties of holiness, He attracts and captivates. His converts are
innumerable, as the morning dewdrops of the lawn. They shall be multiplied
as the sparkling gems which descend at dawn from heaven.
4. "The Lord has sworn, and will not repent, You are a
priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."
Endless glories adorn our blessed Lord. As He is our
King, so, also, He is our Priest. The Father's oath invests Him as successor
of Melchizedek. As our Priest He brings Himself the all-atoning victim to
the altar of the cross. As our Priest He enters the Holy of Holies, and
sprinkles the expiating blood. As our Priest He bears our names upon His
heart. As our Priest He blesses us with all the blessings which heaven can
bestow. Jesus, we adore You as our High Priest forever.
5-7. "The Lord at Your right hand shall strike through
kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, He shall
fill the places with the dead bodies; He shall wound the heads over many
countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way; therefore shall He lift
up the head."
All the powers of heaven encircle His banner. Throughout
the world His triumphs shall be known. Those who have raised the rebel-arm
shall be ground to powder. In His all-glorious work sustaining refreshment
shall cheer Him. For the joy that was set before Him He endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of
God. What brook can more invigorate the thirsty traveler? Streams of
reviving joy are flowing by our side. The invitation has gone forth, Drink,
yes drink abundantly, O beloved!