Acts 2:33-36 – Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ ‘Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.’

 

If I was to ask you what is the most oft quoted Psalm in the New Testament, I doubt Psalm 110 would  be your reply. Psalm 23 maybe? Or how about Psalm 91? But the reason it is top of the list, cited more than any other Psalm, is because it celebrates what is absolutely central to the gospel: the exaltation of Jesus to the right hand of God. Like Psalm 16, it prophecies something that is way beyond the horizon of David, the author of the Psalm. Even the Rabbis recognised the enigma of a person who is designated Lord, but is clearly not David. But for the Christian community, and for Peter the apostle, Jesus fits the Psalm like a glove. He is God’s right hand man, not as a result of Ascension, for he has always been the Son, but confirmed by Ascension.

 

Prayer: I will exalt you Lord, for not only have you received from your Father, but also pour out the Holy Spirit upon us. You dispense grace in abundance. Hallelujah.