Worship Guide for September 27
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Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
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 burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers 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,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
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Summary: In Psalm 2, David describes how the nations rage against God, desiring to break away from his authority and rule based on their own wisdom and what their wicked hearts desire. In his sovereignty, God laughs from heaven for the vanity of the nations. He had already decreed that his son would inherit and rule the nations. True wisdom and joy for the nations is found in serving the Lord with fear and submitting to his authority with joy.
Review and Apply:
The nations were raging against God at the time David was writing this Psalm. How does this inform us on the relationship between the nations and God?
David says that God laughs at the nations for their rage against him and desire to break away from his authority. Why is it that God laughs at this, and how should the implications of this be a comfort to us?
According to the text, God had already decreed that his son would rule the nations. Who is this son and what does it mean that he will one day rule the nations? How should we live in light of that coming day?
The text says that true wisdom and joy are found in serving God with fear, and submitting to his authority with joy. How is this true of you? How is this true of the nations? Where do you struggle with this?