At church tonight the text preached on was Psalms 2 and I have to say it really struck a cord with me. As we worked through it line by line I kept thinking of all that is going on today, and how this Psalm describes equally well those of Jesus time who crucified the one who came to save them and those today who deny him. Well they are just wasting their time really cause we know that even the gates of hell will not prevail for the power of God has torn the veil and in the ends Jesus wins!
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? Psalms 2:1
Why do they fight against God, the creator of all things, so very hard? Oh I know they say that following Christ is too hard, too restrictive, too many rules, etc. I’ve herd all the excuses, but have they really stopped to see what it means to follow Him I wonder. See He’s not about rules to follow, restricting us, and all that. No! He wants to free us from the restrictions our sin places on us, the rules we are forced to bow to in our denial of His mercy, rejection of His grace. When we follow Jesus we are changed, transformed and suddenly we see that what we thought were hard rules are really just following in our Shepherd’s footsteps. we keep the commandments because he did, we love and serve others because he did – he lives in us and we are his light in this dark world. We are no longer bound prey and slaves to our sins – those vile addictions we once thought so wonderful; no we see them now for what they really were, chains binding us up, holding us back, slowing sucking the life out of us, killing us and puling us right into the fiery lake.
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Psalms 2:2-3
When Jesus was crucified the big shots really thought they had him, the Jewish leaders, the Roman leaders, they all thought they were really doing something. Ole Satan thought he’d finally managed to stop the seed that was supposed to bruise his head. They thought that by killing this Jesus they were thwarting God, they really had no idea though.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Psalms 2:4
See they thought they were defying God but really they just played right into his hand. What they meant for evil, God used for good. For the ultimate good, for the salvation of the world. They offered up to God his own perfect Lamb an atonement for sin of all who believe and put their trust in him, and they didn’t even realize it. Instead He just has them in derision all stressed and freaking out when they realize that they just got owned.
God looks down at them and he laughs! I imagine him looking at them like I would one of the toddlers on Sunday who decides they are going to do something I don’t allow for their own good and they come at me pushing, pulling, tugging trying like mad to make me move from the door or let them stand on the rocking horse or whatever wild idea they have in their head at that moment. I’m like a rock, they can’t budge me as I chuckle to myself and keep them safe in spite of themselves. Those who crucified his Son were like my toddlers, railing against something bigger than they are in vain, they can’t overpower the power that created them! He is our rock, our fortress, the creator of heavens and earth; who is man that we should defy him!
Not only that but God knows that really all they are doing in their supposed rebellion is accomplishing his plan. See he knew Jesus had to be sacrificed from the very beginning, they were just the tools that accomplished that goal and thus brought about the very think they were trying to stop. So God laughs at the irony of their sad, rage, their vanity. For what they meant for evil he used for the ultimate good. As he always does, we may not see the good in a situation at first but God will take what seems terrible and use it to further His kingdom.
I think he looks on our rebellion today in much the same way. I think he chuckles when we fight so hard with all we have against him because he knows he’s God he created us and he is in charge whether we like it or not. So while we are allowed to rebel and fight against him ultimately he will just flip it and use it for good. Jesus is the ultimate example of this but we can often see it today as well. Look at the story of Jim Elliot for instance – those who killed him thought they were doing something, thought they were in control, but look how God used Jim’s death to reach so many around the world. He used evil for good. I do know that those who killed him thought he was a threat and they were defending themselves but murder is wrong anyway you look at it.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Psalms 2:5
After he has his laugh over their vain folly then we see Him speak and well he ain’t laughing anymore. Nope now he’s the Father and he’s about to take em to the woodshed for rebelling against him. Cause even though He used their evil for good they are still guilty of defying him. Just like those toddlers are guilty of trying to disobey me and they will get sat in time out once their little hissy fit is over. He speaks to them in his wrath, chastises them, reminds them he is God and well, takes em out the woodshed as we say around here. They are vexed in his displeasure. I don’t wanna vex God or be the cause of his displeasure ever again. I was once and I know that, it is by his mercy that my eyes were opened to the truth and I was able to see how silly, how ridiculous I was. Only then was I able to admit my guilt and sin and seek forgiveness for it, accept the free gift of grace offered by accepting Jesus into my heart.
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Psalms 2:6-9
Now we really see why he laughs, cause he knows that Jesus has already won. He’s set his Son whom he loves upon the hill of Zion and no one is gonna move him! Instead he is going to give all that the Son asks into his hand to be judged, dashed like shards of clay. Praise the Lord, I will not be among those shards, I will not be broken with that rod. I am not among the heathen any longer but among the sheep who willing follow their Shepherd.
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalms 2:10-11
Be wise, serve the Lord with fear, with awe, with reverence for He is God Almighty, the Creator of all things, by his power were all things spoken into being. Serve him and rejoice with trembling that you have hope, that you have eternal life with the God who loves you so much he died for you.
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. Psalms 2:12
Blessed are all they that put their trust in him, the Son, the King of kings! Enter into his courts and rejoice!