Hi! Today as I opened the Psalms I looked at Psalm 2 and thought maybe I will skip this one. Why? This didn’t sound like my God to me. The truth of the matter is that if I want to read the Word of God and grow in knowing Him then I can’t just skip the parts that may make me uncomfortable or that I don’t relate to. Psalm 1 talked about the blessings of the righteous man along with what happens to the wicked. Psalm 2 is more about people who gather together against the Lord and His Anointed one, referencing Jesus. I think I can safely say that though I, as His beloved, don’t see this side of my God, nonetheless, it is part of who He is.
Lets look first at what those coming against Him were doing:
- The nations conspired and the peoples plotted in vain.
- The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and His Anointed One.
- They say they will break their chains and throw off their fetters.
What does God do?:
- He laughs.
- He scoffs at them.
- Then He rebukes them in His anger.
- Then He terrifies them in His wrath.
- His response to their arrogance is to let them know that He has installed His King on Zion, His Holy Hill.
What is the decree of the Lord?:
- You are my son; today I have become your Father.
- Ask me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
- You will not only rule them but will dash them to pieces like pottery.
He gives the kings a chance by these instructions:
- Be wise.
- Be warned.
- Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
- Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and destroy you because His wrath can flare up in a moment.
Then the last sentence is for those who take refuge in Him. They are blessed!
So what does this Psalm teach me about who God is? I think a lot. I think that when people decide they don’t have to follow His guidelines for life that they feel are chains and fetters and choose to think they are in control He finds it funny but it also makes Him angry. He will bring His wrath upon them if He chooses and can literally destroy them should He desire to do so.
I love verses 10-12a! This is the God I so know! He gives these scoffers and mockers who come against Him a chance to change. He gives them what they have to do to avoid His wrath and destruction. He says He is warning them to be wise and choose to serve the Lord and respect Him. He says to seek refuge in Him so that their lives will be blessed.
I am so grateful that God gave me the chance to turn from my wicked ways and to serve, respect, love and find refuge in Him through the blood shed on the cross for me and the world. I am so glad my life is blessed daily by Him! I am so glad I don’t have to face His wrath and destruction! My loving, caring, nurturing God that I see daily in my life is dealing with His enemies in a totally different way. Thank you Lord! I desire to know all aspects of who you are so that I may grow in my knowledge of you more and more until I see you one day in heaven.
What did you see in Psalm 2 about who God is? I would love to hear about it. Just leave a comment so we can all grow from each other. Much love to you and yours! Keep on opening God’s Word! Until next time!