The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Psalm 110.1
The Lord quoted this verse, (Matt.22:44, Luke 20:43) and Peter at Pentecost. (Acts 2:35) One thing is absolutely certain. This great event WILL HAPPEN. It is tomorrow’s Good News, recorded by King David some 3,000 years ago.
The word UNTIL suggests a process which may take quite a while for accomplishment, but we can be sure that it will happen. It is God the Father’s promise to His Son. Jesus quoted it 1,000 years after David. Is there any reason why we should not continue to believe it, some 2,000 years further on?
The “footstool”. To some this may sound like enforced slavery by a reigning tyrant. But in the days of the Kingdom of God, we are told, “When Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Let grace be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.” Isa 26:9-10. So the Kingdom of God is all about teaching, and multitudes will give ear to what God has to say. However, some will still rebel, and will need further time and opportunity to learn.
The Hebrew figure of the footstool doesn’t teach enforced slavery, but instead speaks of that voluntary change of heart that comes about by the ministry of God’s Holy Spirit. Paul told the Philippians, “God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil.2:9-11. Confession, not coercion.
“Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” Isa.45:22
In Psalm 110.1 God the Father promises His Son that He will be in charge of this, and we should not doubt His ability to bring it to fruition, thereby to bring glory to His Son.