Today’s Scripture

Psalm 2  

1 “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,

3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:

6 “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.


8 Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

9 You shall break 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, lest 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.

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Why Do The Nations Rage?

March 28, 2019

I’m giving an overview introduction to Psalm 2 primarily because of how very important it is. It is one of the prophetic chapters in the Psalms and is quite accurately called a Messianic Psalm about the Son of God. There are four parts, and an introduction to this beautiful prose,

In verse 1, the introduction is David questioning why natural man would be so enraged against the Son of God, and why men would plot to kill Him.

In verses 2-3, David moves from the generality of mankind to the specific aspects of future leaders seeking to kill the Messiah. In this context, he is undoubtedly speaking of Jewish leaders as well as both Herod and Pontius Pilate.

In verses 4-6, we see the Lord’s attitude towards the rebellious hordes and His reply.

In verses 7-9, God’s wonderous response to His Son (See Matthew 3:17), and the Son’s inheritance, and His role in judgement is prophetically revealed.

Verses 10-12, we read David’s warning, admonition, and blessing.

It is truly a beautiful Psalm. One that is very well-known. I’m sure most of you have read it, or have heard a sermon on it before. Even if you’ve read it before, read it again with fresh eyes. See David wondering how anyone could stand against his beloved Maker, Ponder the prophetic words portraying Herod and Pontius Pilate centuries before Christ’s birth. Understand the wrath of God, and see His utter power. Revel in God’s love for His Only Begotten Son and take David’s warning and blessing to heart.

Daily Meditation:

Do I serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling? Do I give thanks for being blessed for putting my trust in the Lord? 

Prayer:

“Lord God, you are the Almighty Creator and Sovereign. You have chosen me and love me before I loved you. Without you, I would be nothing, and would rage against you. Work in my heart every day to put my trust in you and I ask you to forgive me my sins today.  Amen. 

Patrick

Fitzhenry

Patrick is a member of Pleasant Grove Reformed Church, a native Texan
and a father of three. As an author, when he is not writing, he works in the oil & gas industry.

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