Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
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.”
The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD :
He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
You will rule them with an iron scepter;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This psalm was written by King David (around 1000 BC give or take a few years) and still to this day the leaders of the nations are in a fury. Just look at the news. Plotting with each other, plotting against each other, making threats (idle or otherwise)… but whatever they’re planning you can be sure of one thing: they’ve counted out asking God what He wants. They won’t be following His rules or taking His advice. The sooner they can get God and that pesky Son of his out of the public’s consciousness, the sooner the earth will be theirs.
Things haven’t changed a bit in 3000 years.
God’s response? At first He’s ROTFL because these little peons actually think they can outmaneuver and do away with the Almighty. Then He gets tough and reminds them who’s really in charge:
‘The King is enthroned on my holy hill. He is my Son, and when he asks I will give him all the nations to do with as He pleases. So wise up, all you who think you’re in charge. Serve Him — kiss Him — or you may find yourselves permanently out of a job and I do mean permanently.’
I honestly don’t know how God could make things any clearer. Happy are those who hide under His wings.
In Adult Ed this year I’m focusing on teaching about spiritual heritage or legacies. What legacies has God given us as His children — from our families and friends, from parents and teachers, from churches and schools, and from His word? We want to be more aware of, and thankful for, all God’s blessings. From the passage above, here are a few possible legacies:
God’s legacies to Jesus: Kingship; Sonship; all the earth will be His, including those who take shelter in Him; His command will be law and none will be able to disobey.
God’s legacies to us: His promise that Jesus will one day put the arrogant in their places; the assurance that we can take shelter in Jesus in times of trouble; the assurance that we belong to Him (we are part of His inheritance); we can find joy in serving Him. And this psalm itself is a legacy, words we can use to defend the faith or to pray for God to defend us against the rich and powerful who stand against Him.