Psalm 2 is a short chapter credited to King David in the bible. David spent his early years knowing he was anointed to be the next King of Israel, but his life was constantly in danger.
His predecessor was trying to kill him, and David lived in hiding for a number of years.
There is a painful beauty in the songs that David wrote, and he wrote many of the Psalms. Many of them were written on the run, but David stuck with God, he believed in God and knew that he wouldn’t lead him astray.
Even if he goes through the valley of the shadow of death, David said he wouldn’t fear. Because God was nearby, and he would see him through it.
That’s what I like so much about Psalm 2, David is stating who he is under God’s authority, and he is warning the nations around him about it too.
Since the chapter is so short I opted to highlight the entire chapter and leave my breakdown/analysis before and after the actual writing.
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Psalm 2: God is in Control, and Man Cannot Change That.
1 Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? 2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one. 3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury. 6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”
7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. 8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. 9 You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’”
10 Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! 11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear and rejoice with trembling. 12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
Psalm 2: Commentary, Breakdown, and Analysis
Giving a brief overview of Psalm 2 we see that David is telling people that God has chosen him to be the leader of Israel. He’s reminding the nations that rebellion against God is not a smart plan, and if they do God is in control and will crush them.
One of the issues I see in today’s day and age mirrors what David is saying here. Today we think our science will save us. We think that God doesn’t exist or that he’s old-fashioned and we don’t need him.
However, we don’t understand he’s the source of our existence, God is the source of love, joy, peace, and everything that is good.
Many people choose to stay blind to God because they don’t like his rules. However, his rules are meant to keep us from harm and destruction.
The universe works in a certain way, and that way was set in motion by God. The rules and things you don’t like were created by him. Yes, we have free will to choose, but ultimately there is only one choice.
To follow God, or not.
Psalm 2: What Following God Gives Us:
When we follow God he gives us access to the lives we should’ve been living before sin crept into the world. If we don’t follow God, then we choose the pleasures of life, and those pleasures are fleeting. Lasting the length of 1 lifetime.
In addition to that, there are a lot of people out there who don’t believe in God. These people choose to believe that he doesn’t exist, or if he did exist then he should be more at work in the world.
There’s so much pain and destruction going on, how can God sit by and let it all happen? Is a question they ask all the time.
However, we have to realize it’s not God causing chaos, pain, and destruction. It’s humanity. We are the ones being evil to each other. God has given us free will and he is very patient. But soon he will come and judge us all.
Thinking about the last few paragraphs we also have to realize God sees this period of time we spend on earth as a short expanse. What God really cares about is eternity, and spending it with him. This is why he allows us to experience pain, heartache, and the bad things in life.
His hope is that we will turn to him, and live our lives in concert with him. His hope is that we will love him because he loves us.
Everything God does is good, we are the ones who’ve allowed ourselves to be overcome by evil. But God saw this and sent his son Jesus to die for us, and that’s how we have salvation in him.
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can once again connect with God, and live with him for eternity. This is the beauty of the cross, and it shows us how much God loves us.
If you want to know this God, all you have to do is confess to God that you have sinned against him. And believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.
After that, I suggest getting yourself a bible and reading it, along with finding a church that preaches from the bible, not from feel-good sermons. If the sermons don’t match the Bible, you run from that place.
I thank you for reading my latest article on Psalm 2, I had a great time writing this one, as I’ve been reading/writing a lot from the new testament lately.
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Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport. While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.