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Whatever the enemy, whether Devil, Death, or any agency of either, we are assured
that the Lord will sit there at the right hand of the Father, until they are made the
footstool of His feet.
When therefore we seek those things where Christ sitteth, we are associating ourselves
with the mighty Victor over all the power of the enemy, and anticipating by faith the goal
of the ages.
From the references to this Psalm in the Gospels, we discover that the Lord used this
passage mainly to prove to His hearers, that though, according to the flesh, He was the
Son of David, He was, in fact, infinitely more.
In Matt. 22: where we meet with the quotation for the first time, the Lord had been
subjected to a series of questions designed, if possible, to entrap Him into some statement
that would imperil His life or shake His hold upon the people.
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye
of Christ? Whose son is He? They say unto Him, The son of David. He saith unto them,
How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit
Thou on my right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? If David then call Him
Lord, how is He his Son? And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any
man from that day forth ask Him any questions" (Matt. 22: 41-46).
The Lord does not give an answer to His question. He leaves it with His hearers; but
it is a question that demands an answer, for it touches the vitals of our faith. The Saviour
was most certainly David's Son. His genealogy is given in Matt. 1: with the express
purpose of showing His right to the throne of David. The angel Gabriel announced to
Mary concerning her first-born Son, that:
"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall
give unto Him the throne of his father David" (Luke 1: 32).
Paul, in his epistle to the Romans, says of Him:
"Which was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh" (Rom. 1: 3).
"According to the flesh!" In speaking of every other man, the qualification would
amount to absurdity. How else than "according to the flesh" can man be associated with
his parents? Such are called "fathers of our flesh" (Heb. 12: 9). But we know that Christ
was in communion with God before His birth in Bethlehem, and moreover spoke of the
body that had been prepared for Him.
"Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou
wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me . . . . . Lo, I come" (Heb. 10: 5-7).
What son of Adam ever spoke of his own body before his own birth? But this was the
utterance of the God-Man, Jesus Christ, Who, though the Son of David according to the
flesh, was nevertheless David's Lord. Now there can be no doubt as to who was David's