“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury.” Psalms 2:1-5 NLT
Psalm 2 is a Psalm of David. The New Testament scriptures verify this (see Acts 4:25 and Hebrews 4:7). Psalms is a book of praise and worship, jubilation, war, peace, judgment, Messianic prophecy, and lamentation. This book, possibly more than any other book in the Bible, relates to our human experiences. For this reason, it brings hope and encouragement to so many. In today's reading, David describes the antagonistic rebellion of the nations. The heathen are angry at God and shake their fists at Him in defiance. A rebellion of insurrection results from the sinful mind of mankind. David doesn't leave it there. He clarifies the simple, yet profound reality that God is unmoved by mans rebellion. He sits in Infinite power and authority over mankind and laughs at finite humanity. His rebuke terrifies them. God is Sovereign and rules over all of creation! Although man tries to position himself in the lofty place of power, his attempts are futile. The only way men can be lifted up in any place of power is by the very life and power God gives him. When we become self sufficient and independent, we feel no need to submit to God. This is a place of danger and demise. We must never become arrogant and unwilling to recognize the God of heaven and earth as the giver and sustainer of life. If we do, life itself has no meaning and will unravel right before our eyes. Prayer for today: Sovereign Lord, we humble ourselves beneath Your mighty hand. Yours is the power. Yours is the authority. Without You, we are nothing. Forgive our arrogance and our rebellion as a nation and as a people. Help us stay beneath the shelter of Your Lordship. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen!
Rev. Curtis Norris