In some Psalms we can find solitary verses which speak of Jesus.
In other Psalms there are large portions devoted to Him, but in Psalm 2, we find that all of it is applicable to King Jesus.
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.’ ”
(First part of Psalm 2:1-12)
Here we see from the second Psalm, a war going on, and the battle field is the Earth.
Basically, this huge mass of people, including nations, and rulers, are rebelling against the Lord and His Anointed One – that is Jesus Christ.
They are opposing the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You would have thought, that King Jesus would have been welcomed.
That His Kingdom of freedom, and love, would have been gladly embraced.
But, instead of rejoicing at the arrival of such a wonderful King, they found fault, and they despised Him. Jesus said:
They have hated both Me and My Father.
But this is to fulfil what is written in their Law; ‘They hated Me without reason.’ ”
Even now, His Kingdom and His people are attacked in a most spiteful way, and with such unreasonable violence, in many countries around the world.
There is no good human logic, why Christ’s Kingdom attracts so much venom, but the Bible tells us that this hostility is due to our fallen, corrupted nature.
We are naturally at war with God’s Kingdom.
Psalm 2 gives us an insight into this.
It tells us what the aim of their warfare was, and it is the same aim in the majority of people today.
What is the aim of their warfare? Verse 3;
- They want the chains to be broken.
- They don’t want to be under God’s government.
- They don’t want to wear His yoke, even if it is an easy yoke.
- They will not have their lustful appetites, and passions reformed.
- They are impatient of His restraints, and the duties that are required.
- They try to break the chains of their conscience, and of God’s Laws.
But what they don’t realise is, that it is a vain thing to plot against God.
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them!”
He is far above them. They are absolutely no threat what so ever to Him.
After Jesus had risen from the dead, He appeared to His disciples, and said:
…all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me..”
Paul tells us that:
Christ was raised from the dead, and He sat down at God’s right hand, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
And God placed all things under His feet, and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church.”
At times the rulers and people think they have won the battle against God, but they haven’t.
He sits serene, and secure upon His throne.
See for an example, where Peter and John pray:
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in Jerusalem to conspire against Your Holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed.
They did what Your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.”
They thought their plan of eliminating Jesus had worked, but in reality it was going according to the plan, of the One enthroned in heaven. God says:
I have installed My King on Zion, My Holy Hill.”
He sits perfectly secure knowing that nothing can thwart His purposes.
Jesus said that the gates of hell shall not overcome the church. (Matthew 16:18)
The Apostle Peter quoted part of this Psalm in his prayer, which finished with the building being shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. (Act 4:25)
The Apostle Paul quoted from it, in his sermon at Antioch. (Act 13:33)
And the writer to the Hebrews also quoted part of it in his letter. (Hebrews 1:5)
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