Psalms 2: 1-12 (NKJV
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 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 usPsalms 2:1-3
Psalms chapter 2 gives for us an important question and the answer to it. This question and answer provide an understanding to why the world in which we live is the way it is. Verse 1 is the question, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” The word heathen means “gentile.” In the Old Testament the word gentile referred to someone who was not part of the chosen nation of God, Israel. But its truest meaning is not national but spiritual. It means a person who is not part of the family of God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. To rage is to be violent, to rage is to be angry, to rage is to war, to destroy, to hurt others. The world is filled with these things. Why?
Apparently according to this verse, the rulers of this world consciously plot how to oppose the will of God and the things of God. This is the reason the heathen rage. This is the vanity people imagine, that they can oppose the will of God. You can oppose God’s will but you cannot stop it. Men cannot stop God’s will any more than they can stop the stars from shinning. Why? *Notice that it says the word “LORD” and “anointed.” The word “LORD” is the Old Testament name, the Hebrew name, for Jesus. The word “anointed”, means Messiah, and Messiah is the Old Testament equivalent to the word Christ. This world is opposed to Christ. Generally speaking the powers that be, the governments of this world, are opposed to Jesus and anything that is associated with Him. This is why governments take prayer out of school, as if you can stop someone from praying. It’s vanity to imagine you can. This is why some governments outlaw the Bible in their country.
The counsel, the reasoning, the thinking of such people is given here in verse 3, “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” Man in his natural state is in a state of darkness and rebellion against God because ever since Adam and Eve sinned man has had a fallen and corrupt nature. Mankind is naturally in a state of rebellion. If you watch a small child, you will see these tendencies. All men are servants. There are however only 3 S’s that you can choose to serve: sin and satan, or the Savior! The council of the world and of many of the rulers of government is to break their bands asunder. That is, they don’t want to serve the Savior, and they don’t want bands and chords which attach them to the will of God. The vain imagining is to think that they can stop God’s Word. The heathen rage, and the kings of the earth take council against the Lord, and against His anointed. This is the world in which we live.
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. 5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:Psalms 2:4-5
In the end it is always God that has the final say. It can be easy to feel overpowered, helpless, cast down, and persecuted in a world in which there is so much evil. In a world where so many rage, and so many powerful governments seek to control everything and oppose freedom of religion and especially Christianity. The Bible says, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good.” God is looking down from heaven and he knows what the rulers of this world are doing and what all the people of the earth are doing.
The word “derision” in verse 4 is perhaps best depicted through the story of the towerof Babel. Genesis 11:4-8 “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one,and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”
The story of the tower of Babel is a repetitive story in human history. Men will always gather themselves together against God. This world is slowly heading towards a similar situation again to that of Babel. One in which all the heathen and all the kings of the earth will take council together and unite together under the anti Christ. Christians are often the outcasts in society, they are often the ones ganged up against in the work-place. But whenever you find yourself in this situation do not become impatient as is the human sinful tendency. Just remember that God is waiting too. He is waiting until the fullness of times. Perhaps He is waiting until everyone has used up their opportunities or wasted them. God is waiting until the time that every human has made their final decision regarding Jesus, who said, “Behold I stand at the door and knock.”
When we look at all this plotting and evil that is done in opposition to God and when we suffer, are ridiculed, are mocked, and are mistreated by the heathen in their rage, we should try to keep in mind what Psalm 2 says in verse 4, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh.” Calamity, suffering, and judgment are going to come against the wickedness of this world, and yes, just as the people of this world have laughed while they sinned and laughed while they tormented the children of God.
Continued in the next post…