Psalms. The Hebrew songbook. David wrote many, and we love the twenty-third psalm.
But have you read Psalm 2 lately?
Gee whiz. A top forty tune, this isn’t.
If you ever wanted a perspective of the sovereignty of God and the world at large, take a look.
Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together
against the LORD and against his Anointed One.
“Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.”
The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
You will rule them with an iron scepter;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
World powers. Nuclear weapons. Rebellion.
And God is amused at the thought.
Then, He gets down to business.
God is God, and we are not. He is in control and always has been. He has a plan—and that plan is Jesus. Before whom every knee will bow.
I know that in my head. God is great. He is mighty and all-powerful, etc., etc.
But I forget He really is—great, mighty, and omnipotent. Old Testament miracles of Red Sea partings and enemy armies wiped out by a single angel? Well, those things happened a long time ago. Today, I just want my family saved and covered.
Have I made Him too small? Have you? Are we settling?
God’s advice is this:
Recognize the sovereignty of God and submit to the authority of His Son Jesus. Psalm 2:11 reminds me, “Kiss the Son . . . blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
Stop relying on my own strength, wisdom, and understanding because it pales in comparison with His. Psalm 2:1 tells me, “. . the peoples plot in vain.” Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” “Plotting” my own plans” and “Leaning” on my own understanding are constant battles for me.
Seek Him, because the God of the Old Testament is the same God today. Psalm 2:10 says to be wise and be warned. The sovereignty of God will prevail. Psalm 27:8 tells us, “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, O LORD, I will seek.”
The sovereignty of God cannot be brushed aside without major consequences. Let’s adjust and daily seek His plan for us. He’s waiting.
Does the God of the Old Testament have a place in 2015?
Do you find yourself in wait mode, waiting for heaven or for Jesus’ return with little expectations for the in-between time?
When is the last time you encountered God?
We all have expectations—of each other and of God? What expectations do you have of God?
Evaluate those expectations. Do they require much faith?
Talk through: submit, stop, and seek. Which one is hardest for you? Why?
If you want to examine the sovereignty of God vs. the world at large, take a look at Psalm 2. Click to tweet.
World powers. Nuclear weapons. Rebellion. And God is amused at the thought. Briefly. Click to tweet.
Have I made God too small? Have you? Are we settling? Click to tweet.