1 Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Vs 1-3: The rulers of this earth may stand opposed to God’s true rule.
Vs 4-6: The power of earthly rulers is nothing compared to the might and majesty of the one True God. It is he who will install his King.
Vs 7-9: God’s King is his son – and we know God’s son is the Lord Jesus. Because of what Jesus endured in becoming human, living a sinless life, dying and rising again, God has made the whole earth his. (Philippians 2:5-11).
Vs 10-12: The right response to God’s son is to serve him, celebrate him, pledge your complete allegiance to him. There are dire consequences for those who don’t.
Vs 12: But there is great hope, too – a promise that there is refuge to be found in God’s son.
What will you do today as a result of this Psalm?
What will you pray as a result of this Psalm?