This is the next installment in the Exploring The Psalms series. Psalm 2 is not easily understood, but we will dig in together. God is the King of the world, and anything apart from serving and living under His rule will bring destruction. There is good news in this Psalm, just like in the rest of the Bible. God wins, and if you are on His team you win too. If you aren’t on His team, you should consider joining it.
Psalm 2 starts like this,
“Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail? The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the LORD and his anointed king.”
Psalms 2:1-2 NET
The world has plenty of people that are against God, and against the anointed King Jesus. They work to try to get their own way, and not submit to Him. This is a strategy that will never work. You cannot beat your Creator, when He is the one that made everything, including you. He is all powerful, and He is in absolute control. How futile of a strategy it is, to be against God, and expect good to come.
The old saying goes that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Nations and governments that hate God are willing to put differences aside to oppose Christ. In over 52 countries in the world the Bible is illegal. Why are so many willing to work together, and work so hard, to oppose the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Jesus sets people free. To be in union with Him is to find yourself. When one is born again, one learns of the great value of humanity. If God would sacrifice the greatest gift of His Son, how much does He value people? You cannot be controlled by anyone, if God is your sovereign, and Jesus is your King. You aren’t easy to herd like a sheep, if you are free from sin, shame, and guilt. Corrupt governments composed of corrupt people want to control people. You can’t control someone who is set free by God, and filled with power and strength.
“They say, “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us! Let’s free ourselves from their ropes!” The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust; the Lord taunts them.”
Psalms 2:3-4 NET
The slave to sin sees righteousness as shackles. But it’s in relationship with God that true freedom is found. It is ironic that in running from The Kingdom of God, one is enslaved further. Only Jesus sets free. He can free you from your sin, both it’s power over you, and the penalty of it, before a just and Holy God. The lost world does not wish to go that route, because to be saved by God, one must acknowledge that she needs saving. It is hard to be humble enough to admit that you are a sinner and need a Savior. It is a laughable thing, to believe that your way is better than God’s way, or that the One who loves you wishes to enslave you through freedom and goodness.
“Then he angrily speaks to them and terrifies them in his rage, saying, “I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy hill.” The king says, “I will announce the LORD’S decree. He said to me: ‘You are my son! This very day I have become your father!”
Psalms 2:5-7 NET
Jesus is the King that has been set on the Throne. God has given Him the name that is above every name. At His name every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that He is God. Jesus is Lord. He is ruling and reigning now. Of the increase of His government and peace will never end. He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will be there until all His enemies are made His footstool.
“Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property. You will break them with an iron scepter; you will smash them like a potter’s jar!”
Psalms 2:8-9 NET
The nations are the Lord’s, and it is just a matter of time until every one of them are made disciples of Christ. In the Great Commission, Jesus sent us out to make disciples of nations. We are commanded to teach everything Jesus commanded and immerse the nations in His name. Jesus has baptized us in The Holy Spirit, and anointed us with power. Victory is guaranteed. Because God has promised it.
There are many non-Christianized places in the world today. But that will be short lived. Jesus will break the rebellion of those who hate Him. The whole world will know the salvation of God. The Kingdom of Heaven is here and increasing.
“So now, you kings, do what is wise; you rulers of the earth, submit to correction! Serve the LORD in fear! Repent in terror! Give sincere homage! Otherwise he will be angry, and you will die because of your behavior, when his anger quickly ignites. How blessed are all who take shelter in him!”
Psalms 2:10-12 NET
Take shelter in God today. He offers life freely through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for you. Understand that apart from Him, there is no life, and no hope for the future. If you face eternity without Jesus, you should be terrified, because you are rejecting life and choosing death. Sin brings death, both in this life, and eternally. To reject Christ, is to choose death. Don’t choose the behavior that will destroy you. Choose life. Choose Jesus.
If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”