Bible Reading: Psalm 2
Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
“I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
As we continue to look into the Psalms today we turn to the second Psalm. This is a Royal Psalm and a Messianic Psalm as it speaks of the Messiah, Jesus and His forever reign as King of the Kingdom of God. We see in the Psalm the things below and things above; we see human affairs to the Divine. As we look deeply into this Psalm there are some clear truths that arise from this Psalm. Simply, people and kings are rebellious against God and His ways, God has enthroned His king, yes on earth, but above all the King of Kings, Jesus as the everlasting King, and as a result rulers and all people should turn from their ways and repent and take refuge in and obey King Jesus.
As the Sovereign King and Ruler Jesus will bring inevitable judgment for rebellion, the Psalmist exhorts the nations and its leaders to submit before God’s wrath is poured out on them, simply put do this, or face this. This would be wise if they would repent and respond to God with serving Him in humility and reverence. The idea is that you would fear the Lord with a joyful heart. That you would do homage, literally kiss the king, which speaks of submission. So, the message is, before God breaks the rebellious with a rod and shatter them into pieces like pottery bend a knee to Him. Take refuge in Him, meaning embrace Him as King, depend on Him, trust in Him, don’t be ashamed of Him. What blessing, joy and true happiness you will have when you do (Psalm 5.11).
So, as those who take refuge in Christ may we be encouraged and hopeful today for “the kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11.15).
Weekly Memory Verse: How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1.1-2