In Psalms 2, we get a picture of how the world plays out, how everyday problems play out. We get so caught up in our leaders and they’re not Godly. It is easy for us to get caught up in all the wickedness of the world and think to ourselves that there is no hope, but we know God will triumph.
1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine 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 bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Four Parts of This Psalms
The first part, the psalmist starts by speaking of the people and the kings of the world taking a stand against God’s Anointed. It is a sad picture of the arrogant rebellion of humankind against God, His law, His redemption, His Messiah and the moral teaching of His revelation. In the New Testament we see the same in John 15:19 and Ephesians 6:12. No matter what time period it has been, we have seen people in power, go against God’s will.
Part two, God responds by deriding the ridiculous efforts of the world to remove Him from the scene (verses 4-6). The time will come when He will completely end human rebellion and fully establish His kingdom upon the earth. Just as was talked about in Part 2 of the Psalms Devotional, the ungodly are like chaff, and change direction on a whim.
As we go into part 3, God the Father promises to send His beloved Son, the ultimate inheritance of the nations, to defeat all who oppose His rule. This promise will be fulfilled when Christ comes to earth at the end of time and destroys the enemies of God. Then all faithful believers will share in His reign over the nations. (Revelations 2:26-27)
Finally the last part of this psalms, Through the psalmist, the Holy Spirit exhorts humankind to be wise before Almighty God and to take refuge in Him before that terrible day of God’s judgment. (Hebrews 3:7-19)
In verse 7, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. “Begotten thee” translates “brought you forth.” It was used of a woman bringing forth a child from the womb, but it is also a technical term for a king bringing out his son before the people to proclaim him as king along with his father. This was done by David with Solomon in 1 Kings 1:32-34. In Psalms 2:7 it applies to Jesus’ public proclamation as God’s Son and His anointing as priest and king.
Then in verse 8: the heathen for thine inheritance. No earthly king was ever given this promise of the nations as an inheritance; it was a promise made only to God’s Son, Christ Jesus. God the Father promises a harvest of souls from the nations to God the Son as His rightful inheritance, and it will come to pass (Rev 7:9-10, 11:15, 21:23-24; 22:2)
Take Home Message
We know how the end of the world will play out. We might not have the details for everything, but in the end we know that God prevails and conquers all. We should have no worry (easier said than done) because God will win. This goes the same in our lives and everyday struggles. If we’re focused on God and seeking His Will, no matter what goes on in our life, God’s Will will be done.