1 Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, 6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” 7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. 8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. 9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'” 10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. 11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling. 12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
Psalm 2 is considered one of the foremost Psalms that relate to the life of Jesus Christ—and it is therefore called a Messianic Psalm. A Messianic Psalm serves to either prophesy or allude to the life, suffering, death, resurrection, and even the nature of Jesus Christ. While the Messianic Psalms speak directly to the lives and experiences of King David and his sons—these gems also serve as a type of prophetic telescope through which the coming Messiah was observed. The book of Psalms is also one of the books of the Old Testament books frequently quoted by our Lord—His last words on the cross were a quote of Psalm 22 (Psalm 22:1, Matthew 27:46). As the boy Jesus grew up in Nazareth, learning to read just like any other person—I wonder what it must have been like for Him to begin to understand His life and purpose as He found Himself written of in the Scriptures written centuries before He was born. I wonder what it was like for Him to see the specific things written about Him in the bible unfold before His eyes during the thirty plus years that He walked this earth.
In Psalm 2 we are let into the relationship that the rulers of the nations of the earth have to the Lord Jesus. Rulers do not appreciate being challenged, and they do not readily bow the knee to anyone! The writer of this Psalm is well-aware of the privileged position of power that the world’s leaders enjoy, and therefore he describes their general opposition to the ultimate rule of Jesus, the certainty of their defeat should they persist in opposing Him, and the divine affirmation He receives from His Father, who lovingly refers to Him as “My Son. Finally, the rulers and judges of the nations of the earth are given a warning—they are to think very deeply and with wisdom about their response to the Son of God. They themselves are to worship the Son, aware of His great, greater worthiness than their own, and of the day when He will forcefully secure the unchallenged rule of the entire earth to Himself. And yet, before that day arrives, there is the magnificent opportunity of finding blessing by simply “taking refuge in Him.” What is this refuge that the writer speaks of? It is refuge from a day of judgment for one’s response to the Son—simply, whether or not the Son of God is recognized, submitted to, and worshipped.
My dear King, at this very moment I bow my knee to You alone as My sovereign, rightful King, and I only ask that I would prove to be a loyal and loving citizen of Your kingdom while I await Your return. I also ask that all who not come to terms with You—have not decided to adore, worship, and take refuge in You—would do so before Your return. From the greatest of all on this earth, to the lowliest person, let all seek Your favor and mercy, and be spared Your judgment for their sins. Amen