Sunday, 29 January 2017

Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations conspire
   and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
   and the rulers band together
   against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 ‘Let us break their chains
   and throw off their shackles.’
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
   the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
   and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 ‘I have installed my king
   on Zion, my holy mountain.’
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
   and I will make the nations your inheritance,
   the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
   you will dash them to pieces like pottery.’
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
   be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
   and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
   and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
   Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

LORD you have installed Jesus as your king and yet people scoff at him as if he's just a swear word. May my friends take refuge in Jesus before they meet him as judge. And help me to be more bold in warning them as I "celebrate his rule with trembling". Amen.


Bob_and_tuna_sandwich said...

Slightly puzzled by v3. I'm guessing the 'shackles' or chains are God's good things? like commandments or laws? any thoughts?

Charlie Newcombe said...

Yes I think it's living under God and his Messiah's rule. Ever since the garden of Eden his good ways for our life seem restrictive and we think he's spoiling our fun. Actually he is lovingly commanding us in the best ways to live. Hope that helps. Others may have other thoughts.