November 30: Who's Really In Charge? (Psalm 2:1-12)
Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will tell of the decree:
The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
We are beginning an advent sermon series going through several Messianic psalms, the songs of ancient Israel that point forward to the coming King, the Messiah sent by God to save and rescue a people from darkness. We begin this week with Psalm 2, which portrays this king bringing a kingdom where God's perfect intentions for his creation will be fulfilled and enjoyed. In this introduction to the Psalms, we see the rebellion of the world meet the sovereignty of God who sets his king in place to accomplish his perfect will. While the nations will rage against such a king, his success is certain and glorious. Thus the listener of this psalm is called to be wise, discerning and to rejoice and worship, for all those who take refuge in him will be blessed.
Review and Apply
- What is the nature of rebellion? How is it manifest in our culture?
- What are some pockets of resistance in your personal life?
- How is our rebellion the root of all our problems?
- How does this high view of God, sitting in the heavens and laughing, challenge our fear of the world and its threat? What threat are you facing now?
- How does God reveal grace in the midst of opposition of the world?
- How does verse 8 fuel a greater missionary effort? How does this knowledge increase our confidence in the gospel of the kingdom going out to the world?
- What does it mean to "Kiss the Son"?
- In what ways can you honor the Son in his redeeming work?