We move on to Psalm 2, the 2nd of the 2 Psalms which scholars see as the introduction to the whole book.
This Psalm, as several do, very much points forward to the coming of the Messiah.
The context is rebellion from the rulers of the earth, but in a sense they are representatives of all of us, against the Lord and his Anointed One (vs.1-3), to which the response in heaven is laughter and ridicule, anger, and the installing of his King on Zion (vs.4-6).
As we look at this Psalm with New Testament eyes, we recognise this is Jesus, the One who is King of kings and the Lord of lords. 2 clues in the NT for us that it is about Jesus, firstly, the phrase, “You are my Son” (v.7), which are the words from heaven at Jesus’ baptism and His transfiguration in the Gospels. And secondly the fact that both Peter in his prayer after he was arrested and released by the Sanhedrin (Acts Ch.4 vs.25-26) and Paul in his sermon at the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch (Acts Ch.13 v.33), quote this Psalm. Do look up these verses for yourselves if you get a moment.
And so the response to all who hear Psalm 2 are in the final verses (vs.10-12), to be wise, be warned, serve the Lord with fear, rejoice with trembling, Kiss the Son, that is to pay homage to Him.And then v.12 reminds us that we are safest when we resign our own power and put ourselves in the hands of this king, and take refuge in Him.Will you and I do that today??
In the Christian Institute’s week of prayer, today’s theme is Freedom of Speech, noting that free speech risks being undermined by the illiberal idea that everyone has the right not to be offended. So they suggest praying:- giving thanks for the freedom to disagree with same-sex relationships and transgender ideology. Pray it continues to be protected;
– That the Law Commission will uphold free speech as it considers how to tackle so-called hate speech;
– For the police, as they uphold good laws on free speech, including the freedom to share the Gospel publicly.