Psalm 2

1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  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 break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh:  the Lord shall have them in derision.  5  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.  6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7  I will declare the decree:  the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.  8  Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.  9  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;  thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:  be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  11. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  12. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye parish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all that put their trust in him.

Commentary is taken from Warren W. Wiersbe’s Book, ‘BE Worshipful’.

    Psalm 1 emphasizes God’s law, While Psalm 2 focuses on prophecy.  The people in Psalm 1 delight in the law, but the people in Psalm 2 defy the law.  Psalm 1 begins with a beatitude and Psalm 2 ends with a beatitude.  Psalm 1 is never quoted in the New Testament, while Psalm 2 is is quoted or alluded to at least seventeen times……It is a messianic  psalm……The test of a messianic psalm is that it is quoted in the New Testament as referring to Jesus (Luke 24:27, 44).  But this is also a royal psalm, referring to the coronation of a Jewish king and the rebellion of some vassal nations that hoped to gain their freedom…….Some psalms you ‘see’ (114; 130; 133), some psalms you ‘feel’ (22; 129; 137; 142), but this one you ‘hear’ because it is a record of four voices.   

1. Conspiracy-the Voice of the Nations (vv. 1-3).  David didn’t expect a reply when he asked this question, because there really was no reply……”When you consider all that the Lord has done for the nations, how can they rebel against Him!”  God had provided for their basic needs (Acts 14:15-17), guided them, kept them alive, and sent a Savior to bring forgiveness and eternal life (Acts 17:24-31)…..yet from the Tower of Babel…to the crucifixion of Christ…. to the battle of Armageddon,,,,,the Bible records humanity’s foolish and futile rebellions against the will of the Creator.  The kings and minor rulers form a conspiracy to break the bonds that the Lord has established for their own good……But the attempt is futile because “the only true freedom comes from submitting to God and doing His will”.  Freedom without authority is anarchy and anarchy destroys……But the nations’ rebellion isn’t against “God” in some abstract way;  they defy the Messiah, Jesus Christ, Son of God.

2.  Mockery-the Voice of God the Father  (vv. 4-6).  The peaceful scene in heaven is quite a contrast to the noisy scene on earth, for God is neither worried nor afraid as puny man rages against Him.  Today, God is speaking to the nations in His grace and calling them to trust His Son, but the day will come when God will speak to them in His wrath and send terrible judgement to the world (Rev. 6-19).  If people will not accept God’s judgement of themselves and their sins.

3. Victory-the Voice of God the Son (vv. 7-9).  The enthroned King now speaks and announces what the Father said to Him.  “I will declare the decree” informs the rebels that God rules His creation on the basis of sovereign decrees.  He doesn’t ask for a consensus or take a vote.  God’s decrees are just, and He never makes a mistake……The Father has promised the Son complete victory over the nations, which means one day He will reign over all kingdoms of the world……Christ’s rule will be just but firm, and if they oppose Him, He will smash them like so many clay pots.  The Hebrew word translated “break” can also mean “Shepard,”  which explains the King James Version translations of Revelation 2:27; 12:5; and 19:15…..Jesus is God, Jesus is King, and Jesus is Conqueror.

4. Opportunity-the Voice of the Holy Spirit (vv. 10-12).  In view of the Father’s decree and promised judgement, and the Son’s victorious enthronement in heaven, the wise thing for people to do is to surrender to Christ and trust Him.  Today, the Spirit of God speaks to mankind and pleads with sinners to repent and turn to the Savior……He addresses “all” and urges them to trust the Son……How gracious the Lord is to save sinners before His wrath is revealed.  Once the Spirit has instructed the mind, He then appeals to the will and calls the rebels to serve the Lord and stop serving sin (v.11).  True believers know what it means to have both fear and joy in their hearts.  Love for the Lord casts out sinful fear (1 John 4:18) but perfects godly fear.  We love our Father but still respect His authority.  The third appeal is to the heart and calls for submissive love and devotion to the King…..Psalm 1 opens with “blessed,” and Psalm 2 concludes with promised blessing for all who put their trust in the Son of God….

I wish everyone a very blessed day.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *