Do you ever get upset when you hear about a law being presented or passed that goes against God and His Word? What about when world leaders blatantly speak or take stands that contradict Biblical principles? I have to admit I’ve felt the emotions of anger as I have seen politicians push unbiblical agendas. I have even felt overwhelmed and helpless wondering what I could do as one Christian man in these situations. I’ve prayed for God to intervene and politicians to repent, contacted my senator and representative to voice my opinion, and directly opposed unbiblical injustices by means of marching, boycotting, taking public stands at the State Capitol, and even prayer walking around State Supreme Court. While these are right and I will continue to do them when the need arises, I have to wonder am I really making a difference. Why does God allow these injustices and biblical opponents to seemingly continue and prevail? Psalm 2 gives me hope by describing the sovereignty and ultimate supremacy of God.
While Psalm 1 begins with describing the blessed, Psalm 2 ends with this same statement of blessing. Blessing will come if people will take refuge in Him. Psalm 2 is probably the most quoted or referred to Psalm in the New Testament (nearly twenty times). This messianic and royal Psalm reminds me that earthly kings come and go but God has always been, is, and always will be! The Psalm opens with earthly kings and kingdoms rebelling against God and His Anointed Jesus. Earthly rulers and kingdoms have opposed those who love the Lord His ways as well. This is happening today but has happened for centuries. Even Jesus said that the world hated Him and would also hate those who followed Him (Matthew 24:9; Luke 21:17). Man has rebelled against God from the beginning with Adam and Eve and the tower of Babel in Genesis and will continue to do so until the one day battle of Armageddon in Revelation. But we know God was in control way before Genesis and will be long after Revelation. Jesus is the, “The Alpha and the Omega. The one who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
Psalm 2 reminds us that although kings and nations rage and plot against the Lord (verses 1-3), God is still on His throne even laughing at their futile attempts at defiance (verses 4-6). God decreed that the resurrected Jesus is victorious over all kings (verses 7-9). He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16; Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 136:3; Daniel 2:47; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 1:5)! Because of His compassion and coming judgment, He warns and even pleads with those in rebellion to repent and turn to Him (verses 10-12). The last verse in Psalm 2 is one of warning and blessing, not only for the rulers of this world but for everyone, “Kiss His Son, or He will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for His wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.” Make no mistake, God is still on His throne. He is not pacing heaven wondering how to respond to earthly rulers who rebel. He is pleading for them to come to repentance while there is time. He desires us to pray for those in authority (2 Timothy 2:1-2), but also knows how to turn the heart of those in authority for His purposes (Proverbs 21:1). “God reigns over the nations and is seated on His holy throne” (Psalms 47:8).
- Do you trust God when earthly rulers rebel and make unbiblical decisions?
- Do you pray for those in authority more than you complain about them?
- Have you lost sight of the sovereignty and supremacy of God?
Lord, change our hearts. Change the hearts of those in authority as well. May people turn to You and side with Your Holy Word. Help me to stand strong even if no one else does. I ask for nations and world leaders to humble themselves and turn to Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Stephen and his wife Haley have called Arkansas home all of their lives. Stephen has served in several ministry roles over the last 25 years and as a lead pastor for the last 8 years. Stephen attended Williams Baptist College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA, MDiv, and DMin in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. When not pastoring, Stephen enjoys running, cycling, reading, writing, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.