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Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.  “Let us break off their chains ,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.”
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
Then He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying,
“I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will proclaim the decree of the Lord:  He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
You will rule them with an iron scepter;  you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.

The above is Psalm 2 in it’s entirety.  Wouldn’t it be wise, and refreshing, for the rulers of the nations to take this advice.  But notice how right away in verse 1, it’s not just the rulers who are held accountable.  ‘The people’ are also responsible.  It is the people who have turned their backs on the Lord.  When the citizens of a nation reject God, the rulers are free to do as they please.  There is no longer a righteous standard that they are held accountable to, by the people.  There is still a standard that we are all held accountable to, God’s standard.

When rulers turn on God and conspire against Him, what does God do?  “He laughs and scoffs at them.”  Men blinded by power and pride always seem to think they can out think or out muscle God.  That is Satan’s   lie that they have sold out to.  Satan continues to whisper in their ears and they keep eating it up.  A little flattery, a little wealth and their minds and souls have been given over to Satan.  They are now his puppets, pawns in his battle against Jesus Christ.

How does God respond to all of this?  He rebukes them, rulers and citizens, and places His King on high.  God responds by sending His Son to earth, to be born of a virgin, to become King over everything.  He sends Jesus to become man, to live a perfect life, and be crucified for all sinners.  Jesus took the punishment for all sin upon Himself when He hung on the cross.

Then, He rose from the dead three days later.  By doing so, He conquered sin, death, and satan.  Then He was glorified as He returned to His throne at God’s right hand, in Heaven.  God has given Jesus possession of all nations.  He rules with an iron scepter and He does destroy the unfaithful nations.  It may not always be obvious to us when He is destroying a nation.  We see pagan nations all around the world that go on from generation to generation.

There are two reasons for that.  First, those nations don’t live in peace.  They are rarely prosperous.  They may continue on from generation to generation,  but those people live in a constant state of turmoil.  Second, often God will use those pagan nations to punish nations that once were faithful, but now have turned their backs on Him.  The ancient Israelites were enslaved by nations such as Persia and Babylon.  God used those Godless nations to punish His people for their unfaithfulness.

The final warning is that God’s patience will end.  If we, as a nation, do not submit to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ His anger will burn and our nation, as we know it, will be destroyed.  Rulers who serve money and earthly power will be dealt with by God.  This is not just a warning for leaders of nations.  This message speaks to all leaders.  Be it dad/mom, teachers, political leaders, church leaders, business leaders.  This is a message for all leaders, everywhere.  “Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”

God bless
Jason Fredrick

4 thoughts on “Psalm 2

  1. Indeed – Christians have a dual purpose on the earth today – 1) Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the Word and Sacrament. 2) Letting Christ's light shine by proclaiming the Law and the Gospel. Through the news of Jesus the Holy Spirit will rescue weary, repentant sinners and give them His gifts of faith, hope, and love. When the Lord blesses a nation with freedom to hear and proclaim the gospel, it is truly a rich nation indeed. Riches and Security come not in wealth or military might, but in the Lord (See Jeremiah 9:23-24). When the visible Christian Church turns away from God's Word and the people no longer hold to it, the time for God's patience will run out. Discipline, then punishment ensue, as is clear from the history of Israel of old. Reading Jeremiah and Lamentations is a sobering insight into what has happened in western Europe and is happening now in North America. “It was because of the Lord's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence” (Jeremiah 52:3). But those who repented of their idolatry, worldliness, and materialism, and who turned to the Lord for forgiveness and life were given his promises – the remnant would return. He would dwell among them. Indeed, He has kept those promises. He dwelled on earth in the person of His Son Jesus, who in love offered Himself as the one-time sacrifice to take away the sin of the world. Now he comes to dwell in the hearts of every believer, by His Word and Sacrament setting up His kingdom of grace there. God be with us and all who believe the Bible's message, take it to heart, and confess their hope in Christ to rescue others. The by-product of a citizenry returning to the Lord would be the return to civility, honesty, integrity, and self-control, all hallmarks of Christianity and necessary as the foundation of a democratic republic in which people can live in peace with one another and strive to bring that peace to the nation. Christians who stay away from true teaching churches for personal reasons are missing out on their privilege and responsibility – and if the true church's mission continues to decline in its influence, they will lose their freedoms to a government that will control every aspect of their lives. So, here's a prayer we can all take to God's throne of grace: “Bless, we pray, our nation, that your truth may continue to ring out, touching hearts and homes. Give success to all who strive for your righteousness in our midst, and overthrow all who work wickedness and worldliness, that we may not come under your judgment. In the sanctity of our homes, let the Spirit of Jesus Chris tcome to strneghten all parents, that they may, be example, encourage their children and youth in the true faith and in the virtues that flow from that faith, to serve you and others. Dear Father in heaven, forgive our sins for Jesus' sake, and purify our hearts and minds by your Word, giving us the hope and promise through Jesus of life everlasting.” Amen. Pastor Jonathan Schultz

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  2. what wonderful understanding of this Psalm. I feel that a nation has to change 1 person at a time. I pray that God will work in me and give me the courage to do what he needs me to do.

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