Psalm 2: Rebellion = Failure


This week, we will be discussing what it looks like to fully obey God. Starting in Psalm 2, God gives us an overview of what happens when we disobey and when we obey. In the Old Testament, we see that God always gives us the option to disobey because he wants us to have free will. In the New Testament, we see the amazing act of full obedience from Joseph. Joseph shows us how freely choosing Him is always the best choice!

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Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations conspire[a]

and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth rise up

and the rulers band together

against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,

3 “Let us break their chains

and throw off their shackles.”

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

the Lord scoffs at them.

5 He rebukes them in his anger

and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

6 “I have installed my king

on Zion, my holy mountain.”

7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;

today I have become your father.

8 Ask me,

and I will make the nations your inheritance,

the ends of the earth your possession.

9 You will break them with a rod of iron;

you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;

be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear

and celebrate his rule with trembling.

12 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.


Considering that all of the Psalms are poems, it can be difficult to interpret. The overall theme of Psalm 2 is a description of God’s ultimate rule. It is important to note that this Psalm prophesied key attributes about Jesus Christ. That is pretty incredible! In the beginning of Psalm 2, a rebellion is being described. Specifically the rebellion of mankind from the Lord. Leaders will begin to move away from God.

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It specifies that Christianity will no longer be included in our politics in passage 2. I can’t help but notice that this is already taking place, not only in America, but around the world. Christ is not at the center of our policies anymore and as an effect, is being taken out of society completely. This is a signaling of the Second Coming of Christ according to this Psalm.

In the third passage, the “kings” believe that by excluding God they are setting people free. This is exactly the mentality I see boiling up in today’s society, especially in America! For example, the epidemic of abortion. Abortion has been misconstrued as a “freedom” that women deserve. But this argument on abortion is a clear representation of a lack of God at the center of our hearts.

We want the freedom to not be inconvenienced by a child, plain and simple. That isn’t the kind of freedom God sells, and that is why no one buys into it anymore. Society believes that by moving farther from God, we can get closer to what we want without the moral repercussions.

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As we move deeper into the Psalm, we see that God laughs at human king’s perception of power. This word “laughs” is very important. Some may read this and think God is being maniacal or insensitive. After all, why would God be laughing at men that are so misguided? To understand, let’s look at a common situation within a parent-child relationship. Has your kid ever been overly confident they could do something without you or better than you?

“I can run faster than you!”

“I can beat you at this game!”

“I can jump higher than you!”

Our response is normally a little giggle or chuckle because you know it is just silly that they think their 3’5” self can outjump a grown woman! And that is precisely why God laughs in this instance. He thinks it is silly!

But our God doesn’t stop there. He gives mankind CLEAR warning against what they are doing because He is a patient God. He explains that man needs to recognize and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior to truly live a free and peaceful life. The next couple of passages describe God’s description of Jesus coming to Earth and God giving him the righteous authority as King.

Psalm 2:12 is all about surrendering fully to Jesus. God makes it very clear that if we follow Him, we will be blessed (which was also discussed in Psalm 1) and if we choose to seek our own desires, we will fail.

What are some ways you see society rebelling against God?

How can we change these things?

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