They Rage, but in Vain

The elections of recent weeks has sparked an increase in boldness of those who resist God and His Word.  There is an ever-increasing visibility of radical agendas, and openess of rebellion against all things Judeo-Chrstian.

The second chapter of Psalms speaks of God’s response to this carnal hostility.  God shows us the consequences of their actions and His final justice in all things – good and evil.  Notice God’s response to their attempts?  He is not exactly intimidated.  How does the God in this passage mesh with your view of God?  The God of love and mercy commonly associated with the New Testament and the God of relentless righteousness of the Old Testament are one.  Our understanding of God, based on the Scriptures, teach us of His mercy and His wrath.  They are both equally admirable.  To take either away is to break the first of the Ten Commandments and make a god in our own minds to suit us.  We should rejoice in all of His divine attributes.

It is reassuring to see the confidence and might of our God in the face of rebellion.  And He is our God when we take the advice of the final verse; taking refuge from His wrath, in the One who bore His wrath 2,000 years ago.


2:1 Why do the nations rage [1]
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 [2] 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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