Psalm 1 contrasts the two ways we can live our lives. We can either submit to God or rebel against Him. In Psalm 2, we see how all men, even the leaders of this world, choose the way of rebellion and stand against God’s rightful authority. While these earthly kings boast in their apparent power, God views the whole scene from His heavenly throne, laughing at man’s true powerlessness.
King David and his royal descendants were to model to those rebellious leaders and to the whole world what a life of submission to God looked like, although they, too, became full of themselves and failed in this task. One of David’s descendants though, would claim the throne and set up God’s proper rule and reign among the rebellious kingdoms of men. The choice then is given, serve the true King in holy fear and rejoice in His kingship, or continue in stubborn rebellion and experience the King’s wrath. The psalmist wisely admonishes all readers to choose the way of the true King, saying, “Blessed are those who take refuge in Him.” May we heed that advice today.