Monday 12 December, 2016
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[b]; 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.
Since the year 2000 world politics has been very unsettling. Politicians in many countries have been elected with almost no majority vote and the balance of power sometimes lands in expected places. There is probably more dissatisfaction with leaders around the world now than any other time in history.
The good news is Psalm 2 gives us a peek into eternity to hear God’s comment on the matter.
This Psalm helps us to understand anytime we look to God and say why are our leaders and governments around the world failing us. God chuckles a little and quietly whispers to us, ‘But I have already given you a leader of leaders who will serve you well, his name is Jesus’.
The last part of verse 12 is important for us to remember. ‘Blessed are all who take refuge in him’.
Lord I ask for today that we would be reminded to take refuge in you and that in submission to you and under your guidance we can be at peace from the troubles of this world.
Written by David Newton
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