As I watch the news, I am amazed at how fragile is the state of our nation and world. As a nation, socially, spiritually, and morally, we are crumbling. The abortion industry, slaughters innocent, unborn, and partially born children, and robs us of our future, and the potential for many bright minds to help solve our nation’s challenges. The older I get, the more I see those things which God prohibits in His word being embraced as the norm in our culture, while the godly among us are ridiculed for speaking out against the debauchery. So many of the laws on our books are unjust, and selfishly motivated. Many of our leaders are consumed with personal agendas, quests for power, and prestige, with little regard to serving as our elected representatives. Decadence is on display, and morality is cast to the ground.
The nations conspire, and like chess masters, they make move after move on the world stage. It appears, from recent reports, that North Korea has nukes, and the United States has given Iran the green light for developing their own nukes. China and Russia are in the Middle East, propping up the Assad regime in Syria, while we are pumping millions of dollars, supplies, and Special Forces to those in opposition to Assad. The United States has made an unholy alliance with Iran, because they are enemies of Syria, who used to be our ally, until we tried to force an Arab Spring on their country. Many of the people in these nations are the sworn enemies of anyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ, and they have their cross hairs of destruction set upon Israel. By all accounts, the current administration in our country is either apathetic, or actually supports their efforts.
In his farewell address, President George Washington warned the nation to beware of entangling alliances, the context being that such agreements would certainly threaten our freedom, and national sovereignty. Today, the economies of the world are so linked that we have become overly dependent upon one another. What ever happens day by day in Greece, China, Japan, or in any of the nations of the European Union, causes radical swings, and panic, in the stock market here at home. Our economy is a house of cards, propped up with unimaginable defecate spending, ready to be demolished by an economic storm that has been building for decades.
Many Americans are uninformed concerning current events, while many others choose to ignore the dangers, so that they can better enjoy their daily lives without additional concerns. For me, the world situation would be completely depressing, if it were not for the hope held out in the word of God, as clearly seen in Psalm 2.
Psalm 2 is a coronation Psalm used by Israel in the installation of a new king. As with much of prophecy, it carries a duel meaning. In verse seven, where God said, “You are my Son, today I have become your Father,” it is a direct reference to God’s covenant with David. We see the same language in Matthew 3:17, however, at Jesus’ baptism, when God said, “This is my Son, whom I love: with Him I am well pleased.” In verses one and two we read, “Why do the nations conspire, and the people plot in vain? The Kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers of the earth take their stand against the Lord, and against his Anointed One.” In the immediate context, the Anointed One refers to King David who was anointed by God to be king over his people, but the Hebrew word used in this verse is the same word translated elsewhere as Messiah. Messiah means the Anointed One. In The Greek language, we translate the idea as the Christ. We understand Jesus to be the Messiah, so we directly apply the content of the Psalm to a future time when Jesus will rule as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, over all the nations of the earth.
The idea behind the Psalm is that the rulers, and peoples of the world, resist the rule and authority of the Anointed One. But for all their scheming, the One enthroned in heaven laughs and scoffs at them, because in the end, there is no way that they can stand against Him.
The message of this Psalm, to the church today, is to encourage God’s people to trust in the Lord. At the same time, it is a warning to those who refuse submit to Messiah’s lordship. He will rule them with an iron scepter, and He will dash them to pieces like pottery. There is also a call to repentance and faith. Be warned. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. “Kiss the Son” is a call to give your heart to Jesus, while there is still time. This passage finishes with a promise. You will be blessed if you take refuge in Him.
A part of the blessing for me, and I pray for you as well, is that in the midst of the godlessness and uncertainty that is in the world, God’s word gives us hope. The promise of God’s word reminds us that many of the things we see today have been foretold, and thus must come to pass, before the Lord’s return. When Jesus returns, He is going to make all things right. He will defeat the enemies of God, and He will rule the nations, for a thousand years, in perfect justice and righteousness.
If we are take refuge in Jesus, we are blessed. For no matter what happens in the world, we live in God’s grace, and we have nothing to fear. On the other hand, there is an urgent warning implied for all those who have not received Jesus into their heart as Savior and Lord. Without Him, there is no hope, only the judgment that we all deserve. Let us place our full trust in Jesus, for in Him we have hope, assurance, and victory.