Psalm 2 (Listen)

2:1   Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
  The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
  “Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”
  He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
  Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
  “As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”
  I will tell of the decree:
  The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
  Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
  You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10   Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11   Serve the LORD with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12   Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
  Blessed are all who take refuge in him.


The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and against his Anointed One: “Let’s tear off their chains and throw their ropes off of us.” (Psalm 2:2-3 CSB)

In our culture today, it can be difficult to stand up for Jesus. In the world’s quest for freedom, it tries to cast off the principles and guidelines set forth by God. The irony of this “worldly freedom” is that it leads to a dangerous bondage. We get tied up by cords of sin from which only Jesus can set us free. As Christians, let’s stand strong in prayer for and service to our neighbors, cities, nation and world. “Serve the Lord with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling” (Psalm 2:11).

Pray it: Father, thank you for sending Jesus, the Anointed, and for that fact that He is more powerful than the kings of this earth. Help me serve him, finding both refuge and true happiness. Amen.

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