Doubtless, our day is a day of uncertainty. Mass shootings by individuals are common occurrences. Jihadists spread terror in their quest to force their own brand of Islam on the peoples of the earth. Threats of war loom. Economies are unstable. Weather patterns shift. Earthquakes strike. Ebola threatens epidemics. Morality collapses. The foundations quake. Fear abounds. What can people do?
For me, Psalm 2 gives an answer. The Psalm starts with a question and a claim: 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 their cords from us. Ultimately, all lawlessness is rebellion against God, an affront to His kingship, a rage against Him. His response comes quickly:
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.” Who is his King? When we compare Acts 4: 25-26 with this Psalm it becomes clear it is Christ Jesus. This Psalm is classed as Messianic – prophetically speaking of Israel’s Messiah. Since the first century CE – since Jesus came and rose from the dead – it is in process of being fulfilled. So there’s an end in view. What is it?
Simply, the nations will be no man’s possession, nor will Jihadists ever realize their goal. For the nations will be the Kings inheritance and the ends of the earth his possession – and he will rule them with a rod of iron (vs. 7-9). Thus, the warning, “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.
In the face of our uncertain world, this Psalm helps me. It reminds me, when the nations rage, to remember the LORD really rules. Blessed are all those who take refuge in him.