Thursday, January 30, 2014

Psalm 2

      Many try to deny there is a God, but He has already determined what will happen to those in rebellion.  Here He tells us in Psalm 2.  (Passion Translation).  I particularly like the verse that says God is amused at all their puny plans. The NIV translation says,"the One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.  He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath…"   That is my prayer for the rulers of this world--that they would get a glimpse of how awesome, how powerful, how great, how magnificent, how good, how big God is, and they would be terrified to go against Him.

Psalm 2
The Drama of the Nations

Act I: The Nations Speak

How dare the nations plan a rebellion,
Ranting and raging against the Lord Most High?
Their foolish plots are futile!
Look at how the kings of the earth
Rise up to hold their summit,
Scheming and conferring together
Against God and His Anointed King, saying:
"Let's come together and break away from the Creator,
Once and for all let's cast off these controlling chains
Of God and His Christ!

Act II: God Speaks

God-Enthroned merely laughs at them;
Amused at all their puny plans, mocking their madness!
Then with the fierceness of His fiery anger He settles the issue,
And terrifies them to death with these words:
"I have poured out My King on Zion, My Holy Mountain.
You had better listen to the One that I have chosen!"

Act III: The Son Speaks

"I will reveal the eternal purpose of God.
For He has decreed over Me, 'You are My favored Son.
And as Your Father I have crowned You as My King Eternal.
Today I have given You glory!
Ask Me to give You the nations and I will do it,
And they shall become Your legacy.
Your domain will stretch to the ends of the earth.
And You will rule over them with unlimited authority,
Crushing their rebellion like
An iron rod smashing jars of clay!"

Act IV:  The Holy Spirit Speaks

"Listen to Me, all you rebel-kings
And all you upstart rulers of this earth!
Learn your lesson while there's still time.
Serve and worship the awe-inspiring God.
Recognize His greatness and bow before Him,
Trembling with reverence in His presence.
Fall face down before Him and kiss the feet of His Son
Before His anger is roused against you.
Remember that His wrath can be quickly kindled!
But many blessings are waiting for all
Who turn aside to hide themselves in Him!"

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