A Current Bible Study:

Psalm 2:
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?" Ps.2:1

 "Peace with an Enemy"

     Natural man is the enemy in view here. He is the enemy of God. He is Godless, selfish and cruel. And this is how he operates:
Psalm 2:2-3- "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

     We are about to witness and consider God's reaction to the schemes and cleverness of natural man. How would you react if you were God? Surely this is mutiny and a serious threat to His kingdom. What is the Lord to do when men seek to be free from their Creator? Well, here is God's reaction, and it may surprise you:
Psalm 2:4- "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision."
    To me this verse, like no other, reveals the raw power of God. It should make us all tremble. It reminds me of the account of David and Goliath. Remember how young David tapped into God's power and was able to defeat his enemy so e-a-s-i-l-y (look in I Samuel 17)? For all Goliath's bragging, I wonder if he wasn't just a little frightened when he saw David RUNNING toward him? That was supreme confidence in the face of such incredible resistance! Go back and read what David said to Goliath as the giant was threatening and cussing. David said, "You only have a sword, but I come in the name of the Lord." That name has great power. It's no wonder God can mock the threatenings of those He created. And you and I, friend, cannot imagine the full impact of His Person.

Psalm 2: 5-6a- "Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet..."
     "Yet" means something new is coming. It is unexpected and wonderful in this case. Only God could turn things around this much:
Psalm 2:6-7- "Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee."
This is clearly a reference to Jesus. The power that could simply put down the rebellion of man will establish the good news of grace to man, also. Our God is a God of strength AND LOVE. Now He offers the Son all the power of the Father. Listen to what The Father offers to Christ:
Psalm 2: 8-9- "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
Our research here in Psalm 2 has revealed, I believe, something wonderful about Christ. He did not have to suffer for us on the cross. The power of judgment was His for the asking. It was from strength, love and a real choice that He went to Calvary. He had another option. He wasn't boxed into a corner. How precious and delicate the Gospel becomes when you see this.

Psalm 2:10- "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth."
     The time has come to unmask the real enemies of God. It's you and I, beloved. We are the kings and the rulers and judges of the earth. Don't say, "Hang on there, John. I'm no king or queen or judge." But you are, I think. You are the ruler of the heart that God created within you. It is we who choose to love or hate or ignore others. We choose to rejoice or give thanks to or reject the Lord God. We need to react as the disciples did in Matthew 19:23-26 to the story of the rich man being saved and the camel trying to go through the eye of a needle. When they replied to Jesus, "Who then can be saved?" it is clear that they had judged themselves to be the rich. I say that the instruction of Psalm 2 is directed to us all:
Psalm 2:11-12- "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him."
     "Kiss" means to love Christ whole-heartedly. "Serve" means to love your neighbor sincerely. This brings peace. Peace within human hearts. Peace with God.
     But this love takes supernatural strength. The Father's strength. Consider our God for a moment. He has the power to create us and all we see; just think of the annihilation He could wield. The Devil, the evil of a fallen world, and yes, your rebellion and mine have never been able to dissuaded Him from His purpose. Instead of the final judgment, He has sent us His only begotten Son with the plan of salvation and grace. This is how He employs omnipotence. He has made it a Power for Love. O, beloved, kiss the Son. Don't let the Goliaths of this life distract you. Father, we ask You now for Your Power, that we may love You and each other, as You love us, forever. Amen. 

May Jesus Christ richly bless you - JKD 3/29/02