Psalm the Second

Reading: Psalm 2, ESV

Verses 1-3 remind me of a saying that Ken Collier (President of the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center in Brevard, NC) used to say, “We do what we do and we say what we say because we think what we think. We think what we think because we believe what we believe about God, about God’s Word, and about ourselves.”  Here’s the passage from Psalms: “Why do the nations rage [emotions] and the peoples plot [or “imagine”: think] in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves [will: action], and the rulers take counsel together [think and speak], against the Lord [God] and against his Anointed [dual meaning of King David and Jesus], saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us [action].” The people believed they were more important than Jesus, and that drove their thoughts, which drove their words and ultimately their actions. They rose up against God [and God’s anointed King David].

But how does God respond? Read verses 4-6. He just laughs. He knows their power and will and emotion is futile against him. But he is also angry and displeased at their choose to elevate themselves against him. We’re not far off in our nation today: we have a culture that believes “It’s all about me,” and they forsake and even fight against God–even the existence of God. But God is real and powerful, more powerful than we can imagine. Fortunately for us, he’s also good. Verse 6 tells us that he sets up Jesus as King of Kings. As Charles Spurgeon writes in his Treasury of David, “Jesus sits upon the throne of grace, and the / throne of power in the midst of his church” (vol. 1, pp. 11-12). But yet we put up our fists as if to fight with God.

In verses 7-9, God declares Jesus to be His Son, the Divine Godhead. He declares Himself as owner of everything, with the power to destroy. So, it is with no surprise in verses 10-12 that He pleads with the kings of the earth to be wise–rethink your actions and beliefs, and be willing to be teachable–and turn to Christ, to grace, to truth, to freedom in trusting. All those who trust Him are promised blessing.

“Have we a share in this blessedness? Do we trust in him? Our faith may be slender as a spider’s thread; but if it be real, we are in our measure blessed. The more we trust, the more fully shall we know this blessedness. We [may] therefore  close the Psalm with the prayer of the apostles:–‘Lord, increase our faith'” (Spurgeon, Treasury of David, vol.1, p. 13).

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