Friday, March 29, 2013

Psalm 2 : God's Supremacy

Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”
“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break[a] them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,[b] lest [c] He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Here is a matrix example to dissect this psalm...

Psalm 2 gives a wide-angle panoramic view of the nations. The theme is the supremacy of God and His purposes over the nations of the world.  The Psalmist declares that God laughs at the rulers of the world when they defy Him.  At the time of Psalm 2’s writing, the name of the game for Near Eastern nations was to wage war and expand territories, and Israel was just one puny nation among others to be conquered. Some say that King David composed this psalm after he had taken Jerusalem from the Jebusites, as described in 2 Samuel. 
Verse 4 is the only time in the bible where God laughs-He is laughing at the ludacrous people.

Every human heart has a ruler.  This psalm speaks of the rebellion of the world's rulers against God's Anointed.  

Our assignment to is carry the message of God's decree and Christ's rule to the nations or community or neighborhood...  We are to proclaim that Jesus is Lord to all.  So take refuge in Him, the only refuge from the wrath of God is God's mercy unfolded at the cross of Jesus Christ.

This passage is a great reminder to pray for our leaders, our country, our world at large.  We live in such atrophy and blindness.  It's hard for me to laugh at the world when I see abortion clinics, traditional family life diminishing, a divisive president, the list goes on and on.  God however is not phased by what he sees, but make no mistake, he does not turn a blind eye to one bit of it!  That is my comfort, to know that even when it is difficult to bear what is passed onto me against my will I shall endure and persevere because God is supreme! Our best defense is prayer.  Rejoice Christian with trembling!  Give him your devotion and worship only Him!

Coram Deo,

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