The name of Jesus is mocked by many in this present age. Individuals and nations shake their fists at God, His Son, and His Word. All around us the teachings and ways of Jesus Christ are ridiculed and disregarded. For much of the world and now even our own nation, the God of the Bible has become a distant and insignificant figure of another era, a cruel invention of superstitious and mean-spirited religious leaders. Modern man worships self-centered pleasure, comfort, and entertainment. He has no place for a heavenly King who would claim the throne of every human heart. So for now “the nations rage” and the leaders of this wicked world “set themselves…against the Lord and His Anointed” (vv. 1-2). We truly live in a time and place that has lost all fear of God. This pervasive lack of reverence for a holy God has even infected many of our churches and Christian schools. As you look around you even just today, do you see any evidence of what the Bible calls “the fear of the Lord?” Do you see anyone around you, yourself included, living as if their lives will one day be evaluated before the eyes of an all-seeing God? The painful truth is that most of us don’t love Jesus very much because we have lost sight of the holiness of God and the awful wrath from which He has saved us. We love little because in our minds our sin is little – we do not see the darkness of our souls the way that God does.
But as the rest of Psalm 2 warns, our judgment approaches. A day of reckoning will come. The question is not if or when that time will come, but, “Will we be ready?” The Psalmist, probably King David himself, tells us that God laughs back at those who laugh at Him (v. 4). The Messiah, His Anointed Son, His Chosen Ruler, the Lord Jesus Christ – He will return one day in full power and glory to rule all of the nations and crush all of his enemies (vv. 8-9). All of us will eventually give account for our lives to King Jesus. For this reason, Psalm 2 pleads with us to “kiss the Son” now, an old way of saying that we should bow the knees of our hearts to Him and surrender to His Lordship over us (the image is of a noble kneeling and kissing the hand of a king to pledge his loyalty and obedience). The glorious truth is that when God finally breaks our selfish pride so that we begin to “serve the Lord with fear,” we are not only spared from His angry judgment, but we find that bowing to Jesus each day becomes our greatest joy and blessing (vv. 11-12). Will you bow your life to Jesus today?
The Text (Psalm 2)
1 Why do the nations rage, and the people plot 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 bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Questions to Think About
1. When do you first remember beginning to “fear the Lord” as described in this passage and devotion? In other words, when did your heart first get gripped with God’s holiness and your sinfulness?
2. Do you think a lost person really fears God? Why or why not?
3. As a Christian, how can Psalm 2 be a great encouragement to you?