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Psalm 2:1-6

Posted on September 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

In the months of September – November on the weekends, we will be posting verse by verse studies of selected Psalms for your pleasure and enrichment. The Psalms were the praise songs and hymns of the Jewish people. Some point forward to the Messiah, some are lamenting sin, many are extolling the mighty works of God. We find comfort and encouragement as well as edification in the book of Psalms. We hope you enjoy these brief weekend posts!


Psalm 2:1-6 (KJV)

Men Rebel and God Responds


Psalm 2 is often noted as a Messianic psalm, one that points to the future King of Israel and ultimately all nations, Jesus Christ.


Reformation Study Bible:

The psalm has no title, but the New Testament ascribes it to David (Acts 4:25). The New Testament frequently quotes and alludes to this psalm (Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Acts 4:25–27; 13:33; Rom. 1:4; Heb. 1:5; 5:5). Jesus Christ is the Son of David and the Son of God; the promises given to David come to fulfillment in Him.


Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.


Heathen is sometimes translated “nations” as in the Classic Edition of the Amplified Bible:


Psalm 2:1 (AMPC) Why do the nations assemble with commotion [uproar and confusion of voices], and why do the people imagine (meditate upon and devise) an empty scheme?


The nations that warred against King David and Israel did not stand a chance because God fought the battles for him.


1 Samuel 17:47 …and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.


Now as in the time of David, why are the schemes of those who war against God empty or vain? It is futile, ridiculous to go against Almighty God because they are not going to have any adverse effect upon the One who created people and is the greatest battle strategist. God fought for David as long as David was in right relationship with God.


In Acts 4:23-31, the first few verses of this Psalm are quoted and seen as prophetic of the plots against Jesus. Jesus ended up being crucified. Does that mean the plots succeeded? No! This is the Father’s story that He is writing about His Son. God was orchestrating the propensities and motivations of men to achieve His will. So, though it seems that evil men had won, it was really God moving them to accomplish His divine purpose of Jesus becoming the Sacrificial Lamb in order to pay the price of sin for those who believe.


What people see as bonds to prevent them from freedom are in reality God’s love-bonds to surround them with His protection. They wish to break the cords which are really the ties that bind them in God’s love. It is not only vain, futile, but also foolish to fight against God.


Psalm 2:4 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.


Why would God laugh and make fun of those who wage war against His Anointed One? It’s a joke. They have lost before they even made a plan. That is why the scripture says they plot in vain. God is sovereign. He knows every detail of their plan before they even make it! Puny little men cannot possibly win against omnipotent (all-powerful) God! Men use only about 10% of the brain that God created for them. So how do these foolish little men think they can possibly plan anything that would remotely stand a chance of overcoming David who is backed by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe?


God WILL set His king upon Mount Zion, His Holy hill. Does this apply to only David who ruled in Jerusalem? Most biblical prophecy has both an immediate and a future fulfillment. The immediate fulfillment was King David. What is the future fulfillment of verse 6? King Jesus will take the throne on Mount Zion during the Millennial reign and ultimately is the King of kings forever!


Q – Do we sometimes resist what God is trying to do in our lives? Remember those things that seem to tie us down are actually bonds of love to keep us in His embrace. You might as well surrender because there is no way you can win against God! God will get His way one way or another.