Bible sunlight

I won’t tell you which of my two daughters did it, but be assured they both turned out superb, anyhow.

Our family was invited to dinner with Jon and Susan. Upon arrival we visited in the living room while the final preparations were being made. When it was announced that dinner was ready and I instructed my three year old daughter to go to the table she decisively, uncharacteristically said, “No.” I pulled rank and spoke firmly to her with the promise I would deal with her later. Such a sweet girl…

What is one of your personal stories of rebellion? My mother once chased me around the yard to give me a spanking. All our sons and daughters come from rebel stock. Disobedience and self-centeredness, started in the Garden of Eden, are alive and well.

Are you uneasy these days about the world we live in? I suggest it is getting worse and global and scary. Immorality abounds, violence is unspeakable, our children are less safe, civil disobedience is on the rise, and politicians have exchanged respect, sacrifice, the constitution, and our history for political points. Around the world followers of Jesus Christ must increasingly hide to worship. To the last point, a Soviet Union leader once asked, “Why do we persecute the Christians? They show up to work and aren’t drunk all the time.” We need a word from God to soothe our troubled spirits.

Rebellion against God and His righteous pathway is fashionable. Let us hear a word of hope from God about it in Psalm 2:1-4:

Why do the nations rage

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

“Let us burst their bonds apart

and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs.

A Messianic Psalm ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ, Psalm Two is often quoted or alluded to in the New Testament. King David is initially in mind as the “Anointed.” It is striking that in the order of the Psalms it follows the needed introductory song about the way of God’s favor (blessing) through the joyful life of devotion to the Word of God. Psalm One ends with the full knowledge and promise of God—He knows the way of the wicked and the righteous.

In Psalm Two, the way of the wicked is in full display. The leaders and people rage and plot together with other wicked people and leaders. They scheme against God-appointed earthly leaders (Cf. Romans 13) with vitriol and vengeance. Righteousness is on trial. God is cast aside and mocked.

God laughs at them (2:4)! Followers of Christ: Take hope in the certainty that God still rules from heaven, is with us, and will soon come again. Again, take notice: He sits in heaven and mocks evil rulers and self-focused people. It is an arresting picture.

Thankfully, because of Christ, God looks upon His own with joy. Smile.