Psalm 2:2 - 3: “The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One.” "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters."
This psalm has very vivid and emotive language in it. Some people might get offended at the language used of the Lord, saying this does not appear to be a very loving God. Action words such as rebukes, terrifies, dash, warned, fear, trembling, angry, destroyed, flare up are strong. As are anger, wrath and iron sceptre. They speak of consequences for the behaviour people exhibit towards the Lord while on earth.
God is not to be taken lightly. There is an accountability required of each human born on this earth. That accountability can be processed now while you are living through accepting that we are separated from God by sin and that by believing in the sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection we are restored to God. But if we don’t respond to His work while alive we will face judgement and its consequences when we die. It is not something to be scoffed at.
And yet people do scoff. This psalm says the kings and rulers stand against the Lord. They plot against Him. They want to break off His chains and fetters. It is truly an indication of how self-centred they are and how little they truly understand God. The government over a nation regardless of form is in danger when they legislate or overturn laws that had a moral and righteous foundation in honouring God. This is happen today. People say faith is ridiculous with its rules and regulations. Christians only make them feel guilty. They throw off every constraint and live a life of total abandonment to selfishness. What I want, I want now and I don’t care who it hurts! Commercials for products blatantly promote this lifestyle. There is no longer any wisdom.
When anyone encounters God, when they have a revelation of whom He is, when they meet Him or His angels, they tremble. Jesus said if I cast out demons by the finger of God then the kingdom of God has come to you. (Luke 11:20) Deliverance of a legion of demons out of person by the finger of God is awesome. What power! What might! What could His hand do in comparison?
And yet this God who warns the governments of the world not to anger Him wants all people everywhere to come to the knowledge of Him through His son, Jesus. He is a loving God who has made a way of redemption for all of us so that we can take refuge in Him.
His longsuffering and kindness is often mocked and thrown back in His face. In 2 Peter 3:3-4 Peter wrote, “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." Like Psalm 2 he points out the derision so loosely thrown at the Lord. Then Peter says in verses 7 - 9, “by the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”.
Those who are kings and ruler even today mock God. They blame Him for binding them with morals, then they deride Him for not bringing justice but, praise God, He is merciful. James 2:13 states mercy triumphs over judgment!
Prayer: “Lord, thank you that you are patient, that a day is like a thousand years with you, that you seek to extend mercy to all those who know you and those who don’t. Your heart is one of love causing you to withhold your judgment. Give us the nations for our inheritance, the ends of the earth for our possession too”.