Reading the Word
Psalm 2:1–4 (ESV)
1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 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 burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Understanding and Applying the Word
This psalm is classified as a royal psalm because its central focus is on the kingship. This psalm was used for the coronation of Israel’s kings who had descended from David. It has traditionally also been classified as a Messianic psalm because it was thought to speak not only of the line of David generally, but specifically of the promised Messiah from the line of David (i.e. Jesus Christ).
These opening verses describe the world as violently resisting the reign of God and his chosen King. The people see God’s rule as oppressive as they seek to break away to freedom. This stands as an interesting contrast to Psalm 1 that tells us that it is God’s word which gives abundant life.
Rage and rebel as they might, God stands as the sovereign one over the affairs of mankind. He is and always will be the ruler of his creation. Believers can find hope and encouragement that even though the world rejects our God and King, his kingdom is without end and his plans will never fail!
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