Psalm 2 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Messiah’s Triumph and Kingdom
2 Why do the [a]nations [b]rage,
And the people plot a [c]vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed,[d]saying,
3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 “Yet I have [e]set My King
[f]On My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the [g]decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall [h]break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
I am one of those who came to the Good Shepherd (see Psalm 23) reluctantly. I suppose my experience is commonplace. Yet I did not come to Jesus because of Psalm 2. Why would I? Why would I fear something I thought a myth?
Who then is Psalm 2 written for? Well, that is what this post is about.
Citizen Tom says:
After I left my note for , it occurred to me that I needed to write a prayer on Psalm 2, and I made a connection. We have many titles for God. Two of them are king and shepherd.
11 Fear – With an awful sense of his great and glorious majesty. Rejoice – Do not esteem his yoke your dishonour and grievance; but rejoice in this inestimable grace and benefit. Trembling – This is added to warn them of taking heed that they do not turn this grace of God into wantonness. (from here)
So who is Psalm 2 for? It is not for those who don’t believe. It is for those who understand that Jesus is our Good Shepherd, those who sorrow for the unsaved.
Consider John’s description of Jesus in the Book of Revelation.
Revelation 1:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying [a]to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
The mere sight of Jesus arrayed in glory of the King frightened John, the man who leaned on His breast at the Last Supper, out of his wits.
What is the Book of Revelation about? Much is about judgement. So the book contrasts the image of the Lamb who sacrificed Himself for us with the King come to render judgement. Given a choice, I would rather see Jesus as my forgiving Shepherd than as my wrathful King come to give judgement. So I pray for family, friends, neighbors and countrymen (including KIA) to find within the faith and humility to rejoice in the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd.