Psalm 2 is a Messianic psalm. There are references to the Lord Jesus Christ. We will study the rebellion of the heathen, the response of the Lord God, the declaration of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and the Psalmist counsel to the kings of the earth. Today we will look at God’s response to men’s rebellion and the declaration of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The Lord God of Heaven speaks (v4-7) He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
- God’s laughter shows the folly of rebelling against Him. (v4) It shows us that mighty men rise up and proudly think that they’re so great and powerful. God laughs: “You’ve got to be kidding!” Who is puny man to try to stand against the Sovereign God? “He removes kings and establishes kings” (Dan. 2:21) according to His will.
- The Lord’s reply. (v5-6) He shall speak to them in His wrath. He will vex them in His sore displeasure. He will proclaim: “Yet have I set My King upon my holy hill of Zion”
3) The Messiah speaks (v7-9) I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
- The Lord God declares Jesus to be His Son. (v7) Psalm 2:7 refers to the day of the eternal decree, when Christ was declared to be the Son of God and begotten (John Walvoord, Jesus Christ Our Lord [Moody Press], p. 41). Since the decree is eternal, Christ’s Sonship is eternal.
- The power of Messiah (v8-9): Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, will return bodily to this earth in power and glory to crush all opposition and to reign in righteousness from David’s throne. John describes his vision of the Lord Jesus in that great day in Revelation 19:15-16: “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” At the end of Christ’s 1,000 year reign, Satan and all who followed him will be thrown into the lake of fire where they will be tormented forever and ever (Rev. 20:10-15).
Let’s recap what we find in today’s devotional.
- God laughs at the attempts of man to unseat Him
- God is sovereign
- God will speak to them in wrath
- God has set Jesus as King on His holy hill of Zion
- Jesus is the Son of God
- Jesus will crush all opposition
- Jesus will rule with a rod of iron
- Satan is cast into the lake of fire to burn forever and ever
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001