Scripture Notes on Psalm 110

The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4)

It’s a strange line, to be sure, but there is a supernatural point to the Psalmist’s reference to Melchizedek.

Melchizedek was a special priest of God Most High (Genesis 14). He was outside the normal line of priestly succession. In fact, he was completely before it both in time and in importance.

The priests of Israel interceded for the people for a short time, but the Bible says Melchizedek served forever. The New Testament makes an even bolder statement in the book of Hebrews (Hebrews 7).

Jesus is the true eternal priest.

That means that even now, He is interceding for you. In this very moment, He is standing in the gap for you. For all time, Jesus is working on behalf of all those who are in Christ, so if that’s you, then He is working on your behalf.

Commentaries and theologians can sort the ins and outs of where the historical Melchizedek ends and where the eternal High Priest, Jesus, begins. In the meantime, even if you don’t grasp all the details, let this simple truth delight you.

Jesus is your eternal intercessor.

-Pastor Phillip