I think, for example, of the tragic story of Saul, the first king of Israel. He looks at the chaos of the world scene in his day and says that. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. Against the Lord and against His Anointed: 3 “Let us tear their fetters apart, Psalm 107 is a psalm of Thanksgiving unto God. “He removes kings and establishes kings” (Dan. 10–12) Last time, we saw that Psalm 1 introduces the purpose of the book of Psalms. Preview this book » What people are saying - Write a review. A Remez in Psalm 23. This is your Coronation Day. Did you know that God is not worried about man’s rebellion against Him? Psalm 2 is credited to David by the New Testament (Acts 4:25). The Lord may be slow to anger, but “He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished” (Nahum 1:3). This may be hard to believe, but I can prove it to you. What does it mean for the Lord to “forget” our sins? But David had to wait many years before he was coronated. God’s predetermined plan for dealing with man’s rebellion involves the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, whom God sent into the world to pay the penalty for man’s rebellion (John 3:16; Gal. Rather, God’s laughter shows the folly of rebelling against Him. 2 The kings of the earth take their stand. God took history’s most dastardly event and converted it into something majestic through the power of the resurrection. Through the Jews, God gave the world the Scriptures. The December 25, 1967, U. S. News & World Report wrote, “Since World War II [there have been] at least 12 limited wars in the world, 39 political assassinations, 48 personal revolts, 74 rebellions for independence, 162 social revolutions, either political, economical, racial, or religious” (the figures and quote are from Boice, p. 99). In this regard, Satan has got to be the most frustrated personality on planet earth. We are going to have our own land, our own nation, our own state.” Accordingly, they began to return to Israel by the hundreds of thousands. God gave them something on a silver platter that Hitler lusted for. This is your Coronation Day. You shall shatter them like earthenware.” God sits in the heavens and laughs while Satan writhes in frustration. Satan was further limited by the Cross, for since that time believers have been indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and “He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Paul spoke of this momentous day during his sermon on Mar’s Hill in Athens: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31). And again, the redeemed will be joint heirs of this promise. 2-3 Instead you thrill to God ’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. World chaos and war will only increase as His coming draws near. How should we view the present world chaos? A few years ago, a retired couple, alarmed by the threat of nuclear war, studied all the inhabited places on earth, looking for the place where they could most likely escape the threat of war. The Lord has delayed the outpouring of His wrath because He does not desire that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, He gave them something that Stalin dreamed of, that the Romans yearned for, and that Alexander the Great almost achieved. Let’s return to Psalm 2. The history of man is essentially the history of war. Psalm 9 is the ninth psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. The reason is that God is not in time as we are. Among all segments of society and all nations of the world, there is a foreboding sense that we are marching toward some cataclysmic consummation of history. The Bible says that Jesus was slain “from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8) because that is when God willed it. As Daniel put it, “He [God] removes kings and establishes kings” (Daniel 2:21). They plot and connive, but their fate is sealed. Or, “this day” refers to the time when Christ’s identity was manifested, when the Father bore witness to Christ as being His own Son, which was primarily through the resurrection (Rom. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’” At the end of Christ’s 1,000 year reign, Satan and all who followed him will be thrown into the lake of fire where they will be tormented forever and ever (Rev. Has He ever? But believers can find peace and comfort in the assurance of Psalm 2 that Satan will be defeated and Jesus will triumph as King of kings and Lord of lords. Even if we should die a martyr’s death, our sovereign God will ultimately triumph! Poet Robert Browning wrote, “God’s in his heaven‑‑all’s right with the world.” Where in the world was he? (Psalm 46:1) For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Psalm 2 is credited to David by the New Testament (Acts 4:25). One day, as I was reading the book of Hosea, the Spirit suddenly impressed a verse upon my heart that gave me the answer I had been seeking. and you perish in the way, We seem to be bombarded by an endless stream of natural calamities such as earthquakes, famines, hurricanes, floods, and fires. Why the mean plots, peoples? The early church took refuge in Him by praying Psalm 2 as they faced persecution (Acts 4:23‑35). The book of Psalms is a favorite of Christians, even though we frequently read it in portions and pieces, hopscotch through the familiar, and avoid the odd, the unpleasant, and the difficult. He worked through World War II to prepare the people for the land. 1 Blessed is the man 1. who a walks not in b the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in c the way of sinners, nor d sits in e the seat of f scoffers; 2 but his g delight is in the law 2 of the L ord, and on his h law he meditates day and night. Jesus is not serving as a king now. The actual Hebrew word here is “serve” rather than “worship.” But I like the use of the term, worship, because it emphasizes that our ultimate worship of the Lord is expressed in how we serve Him. Thus, “the lion will eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 11:7). It is ultimately fulfilled only in God’s Anointed (Hebrew, “Messiah”), God’s Son who is also David’s son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And what will be the purpose of all this? Then, working with the earth like a hot ball of wax, the Lord will reshape it, and out of that flaming inferno will come a new earth, a perfected earth, an earth which will serve as our home eternally (Revelation 21:1). Solomon’s turning point came in the year when he received 666 talents of gold (I Kings 10:14). But the Father’s will did not become an historical reality until thousands of years later. He makes a glorious proclamation about the future in which He confirms His Father’s … Good night and pleasant dreams!” The only way we can watch the news of this troubled world and have pleasant dreams is if we’ve taken refuge in our sovereign God, who has even the proud rebellion of wicked men under His control. In it, the author, King David (see Acts 4:25), views the rebellion of the nations against God. Receive prophetic news and information bi-weekly, including the electronic version of the Lamplighter magazine, via email. Finally they found the perfect place: a small, obscure island off the coast of South America. I have sworn to David My servant, But at the same time we should tremble over the prospect of standing before Jesus to have our works judged. But something has changed. Are you using them to advance the kingdom? There have been almost non-stop wars ever since. Finally, the day came when Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door and called for a return to God’s Word. Psalm 2 is twice as long, consisting of four stanzas and 12 verses. But a “day of reckoning” (Isaiah 2:12) is fast approaching, and what a day it will be! Satan inspires King Herod to slaughter all the babies of Bethlehem in an attempt to cut off the Messiah at His birth. The passage in Psalm 2 indicates a third reason that God is laughing. What about you? It fits together in an interesting way with Psalm 1 to introduce the Book of Psalms. He thanks God for his mercy, his love and his power to deliver. When Satan realized that this persecution of the church was only spreading it and increasing its strength, he shifted to a new strategy — the wedding of the church and the state so that the church could be compromised. The warning is also aimed at the redeemed, for — as I have already pointed out — we will one day serve as the kings and judges of this world. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Spiritual Life, Character of God, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” The poem is found in the Hebrew Bible. (Psalm 46:1) Our Free Bible Studies. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Our own country faces continued racial tensions, a rising crime rate, gang wars, random violence, and increasing moral degeneracy. A person normally rejoices with laughter, dancing, singing, or hand-clapping. And the increasing immorality continues to spawn new diseases that threaten Man’s very existence. This change will enable the animals to live together in peace with each other and with Man. Satan’s triumph was, of course, short lived, for it was overcome by the victory of the Messiah’s resurrection. In one he saw the “Son of Man” appear before the “Ancient of Days” and receive dominion and a kingdom that included “all the peoples, nations, and men of every language” (Daniel 7:13-14). And so it is that Psalm 2 is just as relevant as if it were written yesterday. Psalm 2 opens with the enemies of the Lord God in open rebellion against Him and His Anointed One. We think of it as happening 2,000 years ago on the outskirts of Jerusalem — and it did, as we perceive time. God is in heaven, but all is not right with the world! Throughout the Old Testament God promises repeatedly that in the end times He will regather the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth to the land of Israel (see Isaiah 11:10-12 and Ezekiel 36:22-37:12). And terrify them in His fury: 6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King '” (See Micah 7:19.). These are songs of joy, passion, confession, struggle, and hope. Let’s join the early church in doing everything we can to make Christ Lord of all the nations! Jesus didn’t come to save us so that we could get a free ticket to heaven and then go our own way. From the beginning to the end we see the psalmist admonishing the readers or listeners to give thanks to the lord. He also recounts all that the Lord had done in the past especially for his own people- the children of Israel. One of the earliest of all historical records, a Sumerian bas‑relief from Babylon (ca. 7 I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: 8 Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance. It means they will never be held against the redeemed again with regard to the determination of their eternal destiny. Psalms 1 and Psalms 2 are as different as night and day. Long ago I did it; from ancient times I planned it. There have been and still are numerous regional conflicts and violence: Northern Ireland, South Africa, Lebanon, Israel, Azerbaijan, India, Panama, Peru, Colombia, etc. The Judaic-Christian foundation of Western Civilization came under direct attack from within while the Communists hammered at it from without. Psalm 1 is about personal holiness. They studied and traveled and traveled and studied. In Psalm 1, the godly man meditates on God’s law; in Psalm 2, the wicked meditates (NASB = “devising,” NIV = … It reaches beyond king David to the glorious reign of the one who can fulfill every aspect of the eternal kingdom as promised to David in II Samuel 7:13, 16. 2:21) according to His will. It is quite a long psalm with 43 verses in all. His future looked so bright. Psalm 2 (The Message Bible) Genesis 4:21 (Read all of Genesis 4) His brother's name was Jubal, the ancestor of all who play the lyre and flute. Our nation has reached the last stage of destruction […], There's a big difference between what Peter is saying about […]. David already knew the answers. Psalm 1 begins with, “How blessed”; Psalm 2 ends with the same word (in Hebrew). God laughs: “You’ve got to be kidding!” Who is puny man to try to stand against the Sovereign God? Are these the characteristics of national governments today? Fortress Press - Religion - 206 pages. Today I am giving you your glory. We were created to worship God (Deuteronomy 6:13), and God actively seeks people who are worshiping Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23). He brings together the Roman governor and the Jewish Sanhedrin, and through their joint efforts he accomplishes the murder of the Messiah. He exults in God’s sovereign rule over his life. In Act Two (2:4‑6), God calmly sits upon His throne in heaven and speaks His line against the rulers (2:6). The southern kingdom of Judah lasted a hundred years longer, but during its three hundred years, only 8 of its 20 kings were considered righteous by the Lord. The nations have rebelled against God (2:1‑3). David is recognized as the author of this psalm, and he frequently found himself in situations where the entire world was against him. He isn’t sitting on the edge of heaven, biting His nails, and saying, “Oh, what am I going to do?” He lets man go on for a while in his rebellion, but then His anger and judgment will come, and man’s proud plans will come to nothing. Long ago I did it; from ancient times I planned it. “‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live’” (Ezek. His hatred is fueled by the fact that God has used the Jewish people as a vehicle to bless all the nations of the world. Increasingly, Christians are asking: “Is God in control? So, if our sins have been forgotten, what will be the nature of our judgment when we, the redeemed, stand before the Lord? Psalm 127:2(NASB) Verse Thoughts. But even in His curse upon the serpent, God pointed to the way of redemption that He had planned for fallen man: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He [the woman’s seed] shall bruise you [the serpent] on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel” (Gen. 3:15). We’ve all said, “I’ll do it my way!”. Saul knew that the favor of God had departed from him and had been given to David, and his own failures … It’s a call to make Him the Lord of everything in your life — your family and job, your hopes and dreams, your thoughts and words, your music, reading material, food, drink, recreation — everything! Book 2 - Psalms 42-72 - Like Exodus, this book describes ruin, and rescue by God. In the song the statement is made that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb have been made a kingdom, and “they will reign upon the earth” (Revelation 5:9-10). Cite biblical support. It contrasts the wicked that ignore God’s way with the righteous who meditate on God’s instruction. Psalm 2. The second promise that the Father makes to His Son in Psalm 2 is a natural corollary of the first. Psalm 2:10 "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth." Lamb & Lion Ministries was established for the purpose of proclaiming the soon return of Jesus. 20:10-15). With the Coronavirus sweeping across almost all borders, fear and anxiety has gripped hearts around the world. There is a popular myth that when Jesus returns the earth will burn up and cease to exist. Napoleon Bonaparte, when intoxicated with success at the height of his power, is reported to have said, “I make circumstances.” God laughs: “Oh, really?” God let him go on for a while, and then He spoke to him in His anger and terrified him in His fury (Ps. Volume 2, The Message of Psalms 73–150, picks up where he left off and Wilcock guides his readers through all the “yes, buts” of faith—the conflicts, the burdens, the mysteries, and the sufferings of life. They are afraid of losing their jobs, their homes, and their life savings. Since the beginning of time, the world has known strife. Psalm 2 Why the big noise, nations? First, we are called to “worship the Lord with reverence” (Psalm 2:11). planted by j streams of water. That is why John the Baptist declared that every person on earth is under either the grace of God or His wrath (John 3:36). The announcer is saying, “And that’s the news. He is never pictured as currently being the king of this world or the king of the church. Why is it, Lord, that the presidents, and prime ministers, and kings of the earth are always conspiring against You and Your Anointed One, Jesus? The phrase kiss the son is important, both in its original context and in its significant messianic implications. A cartoon shows a fearful couple, huddled together in bed as they watch TV. “Be wise … be instructed” are favorite words in wisdom literature. "In Latin, it is known as "Confitebor tibi, Domine".The topic of the psalm is that the success of evil is only temporary, and in the end, the righteous will endure. The incredible good news is that the redeemed will not be judged of their sins to determine whether they will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Contents. This plan centers on the person and the power of God’s Messiah, His Anointed one. The second reason God is laughing is because “He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury” (Psalm 2:5). But though the individual psalms arose from an assortment of times, experiences, and settings, the book of Psalms is composed in a deliberate pattern, not as a random anthology. Jesus is a king-in-waiting. The answer is obvious — namely, there is no fulfillment in history. Psalm 1 ends with a threat; Psalm 2 begins with a threat. Have you ever thought about what a strange command this is? In Psalm 2, He promises the earth to His Son. Thus the exhortation of 2:10-12 applies to each person: All people must show discernment and take warning. When Psalm 2:7 says, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You,” there are two possible interpretations. Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? Man is not “in every day and in every way getting better and better.”, Is the world out of control? ) is fast approaching, and let us exalt what is the message of psalm 2 name ’ s warning Psalms 42-72 like... 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