“”Our Sovereign King”
1 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. http://esv.to/Ps2.1-12
Our current state: here is the total depravity of the human race in revolt — it is Psalm 2, the rebellion of the world against the law of God and the Son of God. And here is God’s response.
God speaks is love, but he also speaks in wrath.
The second Psalm in the Psalter, not the second second Psalm written (psalm 90 to 126, first to last).
The Psalm appears to have been read at the coronation of the king. But there is more than Israel’s initial fulfillment in the coronation of a king of Israel. It is without question Messianic.
vv.1-3: The insurrection of the world
4-6: The indignation of the Lord
7-9: The inheritance of the Son.
10-12: The invitation of the psalmist.
The Insurrection of the Nations (1-3)
Why the madness on the earthy? Not a true question, more of a statement of amazement at the global conspiracy against God. Like the sea in an uproar.
It includes all of the rulers of the world in their brazen rebellion against the law of God.
“They take counsel together”: they can’t agree on anything else, but they can agree in their rebellion against of God.
What do they say? Tear their fetters apart: They do not want to be tied down by God. They don’t want to be constrained by God’s plan for human life. This is applicable anytime. This is human history in a nutshell.
The Indignation of the Lord
The Lord is seated. God is not absent, but rather the king was in session.
When John rises to heaven in his vision, the first thing John notices is the Lord upon the throne.
While upon the earth it looks like total madness and chaos, when we look to heaven there is order. God is not in a worry; rather, he is laughing in distain and derision at such a ridiculous stunt: You would rise up against me. It is like Genesis 11, where God must come down to look at the tower because it is so small he can’t see it from heaven.
There is only one authority:
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
13 The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man;
14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.
16 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. http://esv.to/Ps33.8-17
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. http://esv.to/Prov21.1
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. http://esv.to/Ps115.3
15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. http://esv.to/Isa40.15-17
Dust, NASB, speck of dust: “speck of dust is sub-category of dust”
21 Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. http://esv.to/Isa40.21-24
25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. http://esv.to/Isa40.25-26
Of course he scoffs at them and laughs at their idiocy.
v. 5, God now finishes laughing and speaks:
He he will speak in his anger; intense; a warlike passion. The righteous indignation of God to be unleashed upon those who would rise up against him.
He will terrify them in his fury — the flaming fury of the Lord; set ablaze. This is a long way from smile, God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. http://esv.to/Ps5.4-6
Not just against the sin, but the sinner.
Psalm 7, God has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, God will notch his bow: God never misses the mark.
The bow is bent, the aim is taken, the arrow is fitted to the string, and what, O sinner, if the arrow should be let fly at thee even now! Remember, God’s arrows never miss the mark, and are, every one of them, “instruments of death.” Judgment may tarry, but it will not come too late.
v. 6: What does God do?
I have installed my king. It speaks here of Jerusalem, but it now means heaven. Despite the attempts to overthrow God, God installs his king. In heaven there are no caucuses, debates, primaries, brokered convention there is just God and God, alone.
What confidence this should be for us, that will make even make even the wickedness of men praise him.
The Inheritance of the Son
The greater Son: an inner trinitarian conversation. The Son repeats in public what the Father said in private.
You are my Son, this day:
This does not mean that the Son begins existence. This is a specific reference to the resurrection. Acts 13:
32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,
33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’ http://esv.to/Acts13.32-33
The promise mentioned in v. 32 is the declaration of Psalm 2:7.
Hebrews 1:5 ties this to his Ascension and Session.
20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. http://esv.to/Eph1.20-21
These are the purposes of God no matter what the world does.
The Father says, ask me, and I will give these nations in rebellion against you.The entire earth will be passed over into the hands of the Father’s Son.
What will do with these angry nations? The Father commands him, v. 9
break them with a rod of iron, and shatter them.
Taking a rod to a clay pot.
30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. http://esv.to/Heb10.30-31
Spurgeon, when you bury a man, his sins live on; they are immortal.
The Invitation of Grace
There is judgment, but there is a door of grace, a way of escape.
The nations must repent and turn to the Lord.
Take warning you judges, you are about to be judged. You have been summoned to come to his court. Wise-up, take warning.
Turn away from yourself and turn to the Son. It’s the last call.
Rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son. Cast yourself upon his mercy.
Why? So that he not become angry with you. This is not a happy Christ.
In the midst of the gathering storm of judgment there is blessing, there is grace for are all who
the sole qualification to escape the wrath:
who take refuge in him.
A decisive act of faith. Entrust yourself to this king.