Psalms are poetic songs of worship, prayer, and praise.
Psalm 1 and Psalm 2 are like double doors framing and setting the tone for all the psalms that follow. They are an invitation to open wide and experience God’s blessing.
Psalm 1 describes two paths, or two ways to live: the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked. The way of the righteous, rooted in finding delight in God’s Word, is the way of blessing.
Psalm 2 also describes two choices, or two responses to God’s authority: an attitude of rebellion, or an attitude of surrender. Blessing is found in surrender.
This Psalm describes God as the “One enthroned in heaven” with authority over all things. God established a line of kings like King David to represent His authority to the people of Israel. And this Psalm points to the day when God’s Son, the Anointed One or Messiah, will rule as perfect king.
The Hebrews who first sang this Psalm were in a covenant relationship with God. They recognized His authority and surrendered to the rule of God’s Word and His designated line of kings. The kings of surrounding nations, however, rejected God’s authority and plotted a rebellion against Israel’s king. In this Psalm, God declares that their rebellion will lead to destruction.
I’m reminded of the Josh McDowell quote, “Rules without relationships lead to rebellion.”
Without a relationship with God, God’s rules and authority seem stifling and restrictive. We rebel, demand to rule ourselves, and suffer painful consequences.
When we enter a relationship with God, God’s rules and authority are seen for what they truly are: evidence of His love and protection. We surrender the right to rule ourselves, take refuge in God’s protection, and enjoy God’s blessing.
Psalm 2 ends with a warning, a challenge, and a promise.
Rebellion leads to destruction.
Choose to serve the LORD with reverence and awe.
Celebrate God’s rule.
God’s blessing is found in the way of the righteous and in surrender to His authority.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12b
Father, I recognize your rule and authority over all things and I surrender. You are King and I am not. You are worthy of all my praise and worship. Thank you for sending your one and only Son, Jesus, to the cross to pay for my salvation, for my adoption into relationship with you, Abba Father. My days belong to you. Show me how I can serve you today. Amen.