Psalm 2 describes in general, man's collective attempt to free himself, from the authority of the Godhead.
Verse one mentions two things concerning the evil of rejecting Divine authority and policy. It is given in the form of a question because from the perspective of the writer, the two expressions mentioned are totally futile and illogical. "Uproar" in the Hebrew speaks of a violent noise of rebellion. This is the creature elevating himself above the creator and considering himself independent. This is called creature arrogance.
The expression “devise emptiness” refers to the
substitute policies put forward to replace God’s standards. These are the
various expressions that come from religions, philosophy and politics which
are designed by man to try to provide fulfillment and happiness in life.
Verse two describes the real problem with a one
The kings and rulers, taking a stand together indicates organized attempts to unite in rebellion against God's design for order and stability in the world.
The phrase, “against the LORD indicates the
ultimate direction of this
The designation, “His anointed” refers to God the Son as the Messiah-savior promised in Genesis 3:15, and throughout the entire Old Testament. This is the Divine world ruler of Daniel 7:13-14, who will set up the government of God after the battle of Armageddon.
Verse three describes the attack on the unity of the Godhead in an attempt to remove Divine authority from over them. Any attempt at one world government has at its core, rejection or distortion of the true essence of God. "Let us tear their union apart" is an attempt to undermine the unity of the Godhead through denial or distortion. This represents the religious organizations and philosophical systems of mankind that attempt to escape the authority of God's absolute standards of righteousness and divine morality.
Religion is man trying to relate to himself, the universe and God on his own terms, seeking personal merit and recognition for his efforts. And in many cases erasing God entirely out of the equation. Christianity is recognizing man's total depravity in the eyes of God, accepting the Divine solution and entering into a personal relationship with God on His terms.
The phrase, “and cast away their bindings from us" is an attempt to remove the hold that Divine authority and truth have on mankind. As long as man is under that authority and bound by that truth, he is responsible when he rebels and deviates, thus coming under divine judgment. Man is under Divine authority and has a basic conscience of Divine truth by natural design in his soul (Ec. 7.29; Rom. 2.14). When he rejects either, he is internally convicted and this produces a soul misery above and beyond the overt consequences of his morality sins.
Therefore, in order for man to be free from the natural conviction within his very core, he must totally remove Divine authority and truth from jurisdiction over him. This of course is impossible no matter how much he tries. Isaiah 29:15-16 puts our creature status in perfect perspective. “Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD, and whose deeds are done in a dark place, and they say, 'Who sees us?' or 'Who knows us?' You turn things around (Lit - It is your perversion). Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, so that what is made should say to its maker, 'He did not make me.' Or what is formed say to him who formed it, 'He has no understanding. ' "
"He did not make me" indicates no authority over me.
"He has no understanding" indicates no truth or wisdom to which I am bound. No standards to convict me.
Verse four gives God's response to man's rebellion.
Divine sovereignty has designed a plan for the universe that no one can reverse. His omnipotence is not limited and His wisdom is not deficient. And since His total essence is perfect, He can only laugh at the rebellion of his creatures. It is not a cruel laugh. But a logical, matter-of-fact laugh expressed to those who having rejected His love, can now only face his justice.
Isaiah 43:13, "Even from Eternity I am He; And there is none who can deliver out of my hand; I act and who can reverse it?"
Isaiah 46:10, "Declaring the end from the
beginning and from ancient times things which have not
Verse five is the expression of Divine justice. It is Justice that depends on His absolute standards of righteousness and not on man's opinions and viewpoint.
His verbal rebuke is the consistent message
throughout all of human history concerning God's character and plan.
Romans 1:20 - "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and Divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse."
Psalm 19:1-4 - "The heavens are telling of the
glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of his hands. Day to
day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. Their is no
verbal speech, nor are their words; Their voice is not heard. Their line has
gone out through
And so God is justified in his judgment and the nations and kingdoms throughout history, which have felt His wrath in their eventual demise, deserved it. Thus, in the future, Satan's and man's greatest attempt will feel the same steel of God's sword wielded by Jesus Christ expressing the righteous wrath of the Godhead. Revelation 19:15, “And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the winepress of the wrath of the anger of God the Almighty.”
Verse six records the Father's statement concerning His plan.
"As for me," brings special attention to God the Father in contrast to the kings and rulers of the world. They are seeking to set up a one world rule, but God has already established His own ruler for the future, who will govern in absolute righteousness, justice and truth.
"Upon Zion, my holy mountain" refers to Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, which also will be the capital city of Christ's one world government.
Israel is a nation created by God for a special function in history. Before Christ came, Israel was the recipient of the specific Messianic promises and the center of the Messianic message. Rom. 9.4
And in the future, Israel will become once again the hub of the world and the center of Truth and righteousness.
Verses 7-9 give the Messiah's quote of the Father in regard to his entrance into the world and his future status as king.
The career of the Messiah is traced by mentioning three things.
(1)His incarnation: God the Son becoming man. John 1.14
(2)His victory during his earthly life and His Divine promotion to kingship.
(3)His return in judgment to rule with Righteousness, justice and truth.
It is His promotion to kingship that concerns us.
The Messiah was premised the nations of the world
as his inheritance. But the actual reign depended on the success of his
ministry on the earth. In his humanity he lived a perfect life of total
This whole picture is found in Philippians 2:5-11
". . . Christ Jesus, who, although existing in
the essence of God, decided that being equal with God was not a thing to be
selfishly retained, but he emptied himself, by taking on the essence of a
bondservant, being made in the likeness of men. And appearing in outward
form as a man, he
Satan has temporary authority over the nations as indicated by Luke 4.6. And at the temptation of Christ by Satan, related in Luke 4, Satan actually offered those kingdoms to Christ prematurely in order to distract him from carrying out the Father's plan. Satan's offer at this time was to give Christ the authority, but then to establish himself as the sovereign of the universe, "If you will bow down before me." Luke 4:7.
This was just another attempt by Satan to establish a one world rule that would promote his own viewpoint and ignore the Divine absolutes of righteousness, justice and truth. But beyond that , it would discredit the plan and character of God and remove forever any possibility of Divine judgment being meted out upon Satan and his angels.
Verse ten is a warning to the nations to recover from their rebellion and to function in the world using God’s viewpoint and follow His policies. The command to “consider,” is exhortation to look at the facts of Divine truth, and “take warning” is a command to accept the truth that it is God’s justice that will evaluate and judge.
Verse eleven gives us the required response of the creature to the Creator.“Worship means to recognize the superiority of Cod. The creature must accept his creature status and concede that the creator has the right and authority to establish policy for His creatures. But such a response on man's part requires the possession of knowledge, the revelation of which is God's
responsibility. And God has been faithful throughout all of human history to make known his viewpoint by using the agency of priestly representatives; whose who will teach the spiritual and moral principles of the Godhead.
From Adam to Moses, these representatives were called local or family priests and were responsible for passing on spiritual truth as they received it from previous priests or through direct revelation from God. This of course included the messages of salvation through faith in the promise of a coming Savior as well as spiritual and moral standards for living here on earth.
From Moses until 70 AD, the representative was the national priesthood of Israel. It received from God specific rituals and regulations as teaching aides and had the responsibility of taking "the message of the Messiah throughout the world.
From 7O AD until the present time, the
representative is what the Bible calls the body of Christ. All who have
trusted in Christ as their savior are part of that body which is actually a
The basis issue of worship is summed up in
Fear God, is the attitude of respect and reverence for the authority of God. Psalm 2:11 reads, “worship the LORD in fear.” That is, reverence, respect and proper recognition of WHO He is.
"keep his commandments" is knowledge and conformity to Cod's viewpoint and policy for every area of life.
In our overall context of one world government, the exhortation is to recognize and accept God's policy for the orderly function of the human race. And that policy is nationalism until Christ himself returns and establishes his own international kingdom.
Psalm 2:11 continues, “and rejoice with trembling.” The refers to the actual acceptance of Divine viewpoint and policy and the genuine inner happiness that results from following those standards.
Verse 12 is a general
exhortation to the nations
so they might go beyond creature awareness (humility) and enter into a
spiritual relationship with God.
"And you perish in the way," refers to an
interruption of your normal life activity through some type of physical
Individuals usually suffer in association with
the judgments upon their nations. But on a personal level, the law of
natural consequences comes into play.
“For his wrath may soon begin to burn," is a
From a world-wide and national perspective, human viewpoint interprets God's delay in judgment as God's inability to judge or indeed, even his non-existence. But this too is deception. 2 Peter 3:3-9.
"Know this first of all, that in the last days
mockers will come with their mocking. following after their own lusts, and
saying, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers
died, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.' For when
they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the
heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with
water. But the present
"How blessed" in the Hebrew means happy and
refers to the inner peace and contentment that results from total trust in
the person and work of Cod. First, from accepting His authority and then by
learning and following his policy. It echoes the “blessing” of Psalm 1:1,
“How happy is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor
stand in the way of life of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers.”
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