A PRAYER ON PSALM 2


Good shepherd. 17th century paint by Jean Baptiste de Champaigne. (from here)

Psalm 2 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Messiah’s Triumph and Kingdom

Why do the [a]nations [b]rage,
And the people plot a [c]vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed,[d]saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have [e]set My King
[f]On My holy hill of Zion.”

“I will declare the [g]decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall [h]break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”

10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
12 [i]Kiss the Son, lest [j]He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

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.

When I read ColorStorm‘s latest post, The bell tolls for thee, I got a good laugh and left a comment. Curious as to what others had said, I checked backed, found a comment and replied.

KIA says:

The bell tolls for me at 245a every morning, 6am on weekends. Every new day is a gift unpromised and a mercy undeserved. To each day is it’s own reward. It’s up to us to give our days, however many there may be, purpose, meaning and direction.

Citizen Tom says:

It’s up to us to give our days, however many there may be, purpose, meaning and direction.

Fortunately, that is true only to a small extent. We are only sheep.

When the Creator made all things, to each of us He gave a purpose, and to each of us He gave a choice. If we choose follow the Good Shepherd — if we humble ourselves and make our purpose His purpose — then when that bell tolls for thee, for me, for all who have heeded His voice, then we will hear our Shepherd calling us home.

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.

In his Notes on the Bible, John Wesley says the following about Verse 11 in Psalm 2.

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.

19 thoughts on “A PRAYER ON PSALM 2

  1. The shepherd staff gives a good example as well. The straight end is used to prod and lead, but sometimes
    We need to e wrangled with the book to keep us on track. I love being a sheep!

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  2. CT-

    I like the way you always make the things of the Lord personal. Makes it extremely credible. You did not go out of your way to seek this Shepherd, but mention the gentle coaxing, which as you know, is rather magnetic in its genuineness. The idea of sheep is spot on, especially ‘all we like sheep have gone astray………..’

    Nice connecting of all the dots per your usual. 😉

    And I’m winking bout your ‘bell tolling,’ Tkx too.

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  3. I admire your use and comments of explanation on the Psalms.

    If you relate this Psalm to the present political climate in the USA on separation of church and state misunderstandings by those who lament about how religious morals harm them, like my friend Amanda, sad, in my opinion.

    I look forward to your next Psalm.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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  4. Tom. When I did worship once upon a time, I once wrote a song to go with psalm 2. I’m not sure if I still have the lyrics or remember them completely, but your post made me smile with the memory. Thx

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    1. I’m smiling too mike. Tom takes a crumb from my little post, and here he makes a feast, Stirs memories with you, and is re-working your affections, here a little, there a little, can’t you see the stirring of God Himself, calling the prodigal…..

      In your heart you must know that we believers that you rub shoulders with are as light is from darkness, when compared to your atheist influencers with whom you travel with online. You do know this. You do know the difference.

      I’m thankful that this bell of tom’s rings for me. Hope it means more than a memory to you.

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      1. Ah… No, John. The memories of happy past are not bringing me “back home” to christianity. Although i still have fond memories and am able to “rub shoulders” amicably with my former brothers and sisters… at least in real life. Did so last week even. In fact, there is more to psalm 2 than meets the eye. I might just do a post on it myself. Have a lovely day.

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        1. Tkx mike, but you should really avoid scripture if you do not find it honest and palatable in every regard.

          The only disappointments are in our misunderstanding, misinterpretations, and listening to voices similar to crows instead of songbirds. God’s word is blameless.

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          1. But John, if I never had the ability or right to comment or write about anything that I didn’t believe to be actually historical, I’d never be able to do my book blog or review any novels I’m reading like Lord of the Rings or the Irish Country Villiage series. Your warning for me to stay away from commenting on scripture just because I don’t believe it to be historically or archaelogically accurate to reality makes no sense and is a tad insulting.

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          2. Warning? Ha, you wish. Just noting the absurd that’s all.

            I dare say any man worth his salt would avoid any book he finds completely fraudulent and detestable especially when it consumes all his time.

            But like I said, you know it is not detestable, and is full of daylight.

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          3. Do you read fiction books? Are you unable to find entertainment or even information in books or ideas you don’t currently believe to be completely factual? Your bookshelves must be pretty lonely

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          4. Mike-

            You are burying yourself in intellectual quicksand.

            God’s word entertainment, like what, the Johnny Carson show? Historically inaccurate? Archaeologically full of lies?

            Please stop. You are the master of diversion. Shepherd? Psalm 2??

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          5. John, you convinced me. Psalm 2 it is. Tomorrow morning, bright and early. Thx for the challenge and thx Tom for the idea.

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          6. @KIA

            Unlike ColorStorm I don’t mind you doing posts on the Bible. If you do and you comment negatively on it, then somewhere in the back of your mind you will know you are not being honest. You conscience will nag you. There is a psalm about that too.

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