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!
– Psalm 2:1-12 (emphasis added)
As I showed you the first psalm in its entirety yesterday, I’m doing the same with the second psalm today. We are not going to march through all 150 of them, but these first two are foundational.
The first psalm portrays the simplicity of what distinguishes a righteous man – a portrayal that Jesus fulfilled perfectly. The second psalm portrays the exaltation of the Lord’s Anointed (that is, the Christ; the Messiah). Thus these two psalms together prophesy of Jesus living on earth and then being exalted in heaven.
Through His resurrection, Jesus would be declared as Son of God, King of the kingdom of God, and Lord of heaven and earth. The reference to the Son receiving “the nations” as His “inheritance” and “the ends of the earth” as His “possession” is the basis for Paul saying in Hebrews 1:1-2 (that we read a couple of days ago) that the Son is “heir of all things.”
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, You lowered Yourself to become one of us so that when You ascended back to being God we would know You better. Let me anticipate my day in light of that truth…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)