Responding To a Psalm 2 Crisis

eyes-on-fireThe Reign of the LORD’S Anointed.

Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!”

Psalm 2:1-3 describes the situation facing the king.  David, seated in his throne, the throne of the Kingdom of God, observed from that position the state of the nations all around–the plans and schemes of the wicked–and the vanity, futility, of their thoughts.

It was from this altitude that, after looking down to the Earth, he then looked up, observing the heavens…

He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

Having seen the kings of the Earth, David now receives strength from.the heavenly vision.  The LORD Himself scoffs at those kings, laughing.  Observing the surety of His righteousness, David securely boasts in the LORD, saying, He will speak to them in His anger.  Surely the wickedness of the nation’s will not long remain.

The LORD’s refrain is great.  The LORD has placed His king upon the lofty place of ruler-ship over the nations–first David, and now Christ.

And, because David, God’s representative, is so seated upon that throne of authority, by his decree, he can legislate…

“I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

David’s decree, fueled from.the encounter from above, is potent as it is just. As in Psalm 149:9, David recites the decree, not of himself, but of the LORD, that is, executing the already written judgment.

In that receipt and belief in that Word of God, David, as a foreshadow of Christ, looking forward to the atoning work of Christ, is granted right to speak that Word, thus being partakers of its authority (See John 1:12), as we can today.

David recites the promise, both of Christ and all who are His, that with the word of Faith in our mouths, we possess the gates of our enemies, even to the uttermost parts of the Earth.

So fueled, both by heavenly vision as well as the prophetic promise, King David issues forth the warning of the LORD.

Speaking forth the revelation of the fear of the LORD upon the kings of the Earth, David not only restrains their madness through reverence, He likewise authorizes the judgment of God in the Earth.  The kings having been duly warned, God is rightfully just in bringing such judgment should they diverge.

The command is to Kiss the Son, the King, for us, Christ.  The prayer is the urgency of caution upon the leaders, and the judiciary endeavor is the prophesying of just punishment should the instructions be not heeded.

Today, we face the same dilemma–not to rush headlong into needless conflict, or search for controversy where ever it may lie (save that for another Psalm).  Rather, it is to take our seat of authority, allowing the Spirit of the Lord to illuminate the plans of darkness, and yet also, God’s greater light–notice we haven’t left the throne?

And, having been strengthened by divine light, to speak forth the Oracle already written in heaven concerning them, and command–

You kings all around me. Be wise!  Rulers…  take heed.  Speak, prophesy, command the fear and reverence of the Lord upon them, that they might worship in fear, rejoicing in trembling.  Such a far cry from their earlier scheming?

And, prophesy the result:  Kiss, worship, and revere Jesus, lest He be angry, and His anger break out, and they be destroyed.

Prophesy the revelation of Jesus, the fearfulness of His name, and the revelation knowledge of His judgments, should they rebel.

AND do this from the place of authority, seated with Christ in reigning, and blessed are who take refuge in Him.