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 away their cords from us.” 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.” I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 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. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2 ESV)
This “royal Psalm” describe the Kingship of the Son, Jesus Christ. The Jewish people had their hopes that one of the kings of the line of King David would somehow usher in the kingdom they hoped for. One descendant of David could set up the Kingdom we all hope for and need, Jesus Christ. The reason that Jesus could do for us what no other king could do is because He is also the Son of God. Jesus’ Kingdom is eternal, and allows us to be free from all the enemies we now face, including sin and death. Which kingdom today boasts such claims?
Some see a problem in being part of a kingdom – there is always a king. The peoples and rulers of this world reject Jesus the King and His wonderful Kingdom, simply because they don’t want to accept His Kingly rule over their lives, despite how wonderful His rule and reign would be for their well-being. We are so proud, we don’t want anyone else to tell us what to do, even if it is best for us. Let’s heed the wisdom of this Psalm – serve the LORD and take refuge in Him!