Key Scripture: Psalm 2:7-8 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."
Read Psalm 2.
As the original audience sang this psalm, they would be reminded that the Lord had chosen David and his line of descendants to reign as kings over the Israelite nation. "He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son" (2 Sam 7:13-14). The nations around them would rise up against them; however, it would be in vain. The Lord would scoff and laugh, rebuking them because His promise for His Anointed to reign would not be thwarted by the nations.
Today, we read this psalm in light of what we know about our reigning King, Jesus. Paul refers to this psalm in Acts 13:32 and clarifies what Jesus's resurrection meant: "What God has promised our fathers he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus." He goes on to point out that while David died, the "one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay" (Acts 13:37). At the resurrection, Jesus was anointed as our eternal, reigning King, ruling to the ends of the earth. At the end of the psalm, we are instructed to serve and rejoice, knowing we are blessed to find refuge in Him.
Questions to Consider:
When I think of Jesus, do I think first of His kingship? Do I consider His perfect, eternal power even when surrounded by plotting people and raging nations? How do I take refuge in Him?
Jesus, help me to remember Your royal position, Your mighty reign through all eternity. No plan of Yours can be thwarted, no matter how overwhelming the circumstances of this life may seem.
Help me to purposefully take refuge in You through Bible study, prayer, and worship.
"I know that You can do all things; no purpose of Yours can be thwarted." Job 42:2