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Psalms 2:4-6

God's King

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

While the heathen are like a raging mob making useless and futile plans to stop the Messiah, while the kings of the earth brace themselves to resist God's anointed, and while the rulers gather together to formulate their plots, there is One who is above it all. He sits secure in the heavens, unaffected by the ruthless cries of a depraved humanity. All the forces and resources of the earth may rise up against Him, "But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased." (Psalms 115:3)

God sits on His throne and is in sovereign control over all things. He moves forward with His plans and is not interrupted by the vanity of men. He will use everything that His enemies do to help accomplish His unstoppable plans. He is the omnipotent God and cannot be moved.

He laughs at them, but is not amused by their rebellion. They are mocked and derided by Him, not in a literal sense, for God is as petty as that; but they look pitiful, so obviously futile, and almost comical, as their attempts to stop Him actually help His cause.

Let every person, therefore, pay attention to this. God shall speak to His enemies in His wrath. His voice will be like the roar of thunder and no one will be laughing. God was not angry when He spoke to Israel at Sinai, and yet we read, "And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die." (Exodus 20:18-19)

If God's voice struck so much fear into the hearts of His people at Sinai, imagine the terror that will seize His enemies when he speaks to them in His wrath. He will "vex" them, "trouble" them, "terrify" them with the sound of His voice. So powerful is He that the book of Revelation describes His wrath, saying, "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." (Revelation 19:15,21)

Yet, with all of the enemy's plotting and scheming, God says that He has already established His King upon the holy hill of Zion. The word "set" is translated from the Hebrew "nasak" which means "to pour out, to offer, or to cast." Thus it was used to describe the pouring out of the anointing oil and came to mean "to inaugurate or establish," which fits this verse very accurately. Jesus was chosen to be God's King in the eternal past, before the earth was created. Since it was God's will, it was already done.

However, this King was not just another man. He was God incarnate, the Lord Jesus Christ. "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:6-11)

"To make Himself of no reputation" means "to empty Himself" of His Godly form and to be poured or cast into the form of a lowly servant. And, when God speaks in His wrath, every person who joined the riotous mob of sinners and rejected the gift of His mercy and grace will bow before Him. Presidents and kings, prime ministers and emperors, senators and congressmen, sheriffs and officers, religious leaders and cultists will all bow down before Him and confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

However, God invites us to confess Him before all men right now, so that He does not have to speak to us in His wrath. He invites us to join Him on the holy hill of Zion, which is His church. He calls us to participate in His plan to have all men worship Him. It is the reason that He created us; it is the single most important function that we can have; and it should be counted as pure joy to be able to glorify His name.

Before The Throne:

The greatest worship is service. In fact, in the OT the two are the same word. Worship God now, and all day, and every day. Serve Him by joining in His work, which cannot fail. Pray for the faith to stand against the enemy and for the assurance that God will win. Ask Him to help you live the victorious life, free from the burdens of this world and free to serve Him. Confess Him as Lord and Savior first in prayer and then to men everywhere. Get to know His voice and you will not be terrorized when He speaks in His wrath.

For Further Study:

** He that. Psa 11:4; 68:33; 115:3; Isa 40:22; 57:15; 66:1; ** shall laugh. Psa 37:13; 53:5; 59:8; 2Ki 19:21; Prov 1:26;

(v.5) ** Then. Psa 50:16-22; Isa 11:4; 66:6; Mat 22:7; 23:33-36; Luk 19:27,43,44; Rev 1:16; 19:15; ** sore. Psa 110:5,6; Zec 1:15;

(v.6) ** Yet. Psa 45:6; 89:27,36,37; 110:1,2; Isa 9:6,7; Dan 7:13,14; Mat 28:18; Act 2:34-36; 5:30,31; Eph 1:22; Php 2:9-11; ** set. Psa 48:1,2; 50:2; 78:68; 132:13,14; Heb 12:22; Rev 14:1;


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