December 2, 2019

A King That I Am Glad to Follow!

Psalm 2

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The Reign of the Lord's Anointed

  Why do the nations rage1
    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;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
  Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
  “As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”
  I will tell of the decree:
  The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
  Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
  You shall break2 them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
10   Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11   Serve the LORD with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12   Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
  Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Footnotes

[1] 2:1 Or nations noisily assemble
[2] 2:9 Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint) You shall rule

A King That I Am Glad to Follow!



Key Verse | Psalm 2:12b

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Bio | Robert Green

Hello, friends! Most people know me as Linda's husband, as in, "Who's that? Oh, that's Linda's husband." We are empty nesters who tied the knot 35 years ago. At Watermark we serve by trying to help couples see the gift God has given us in marriage. Come join us at re|engage!

It's my privilege today to begin The Journey's series of Christmas or Advent devotionals. Advent means "arrival." It is the season of the year leading up to Christmas where Christians celebrate the first coming of Jesus to earth and eagerly anticipate His second coming!

Central Truth

Historically, kings are often seen as tyrannical and self-serving. We, however, have the joy of serving a King who is compassionate and selfless.

Devotional | Psalm 2

Have you ever stared at a stereogram? Stereograms are pictures in which, if you stare at them long enough, a second image appears. Sometimes that's how the Bible is to me. I read the words but miss the deeper...

Have you ever stared at a stereogram? Stereograms are pictures in which, if you stare at them long enough, a second image appears. Sometimes that's how the Bible is to me. I read the words but miss the deeper meaning. I see the first picture but miss the second. That's why I'm thankful for friends and Study Bibles that help me see these second pictures!

In Psalm 2, the first picture painted by the author David describes the coronation of the Jewish king. It contains a warning to the nations surrounding his territory. They must abandon their plans for hostility because God Himself has appointed David king, so they will be warring against God!

The second picture appears when viewing this psalm through the lens of the New Testament. Passages in Acts, Hebrews, and Revelation all explicitly reference key phrases in Psalm 2 and help reveal their ultimate meaning. They describe a coming King, which we know to be Jesus.

In the discussion questions below, I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the New Testament passages referring to this psalm. It will help you see the Advent story that God has been telling us for centuries!

This psalm's final verse says, "Blessed are all who take refuge in him." Today, I turn 60. That's a milestone that causes some reflection, let me tell you. I'm asking myself, "Have I found this verse to be true?" Despite having taken refuge in Him, I've experienced tragedy, pain, and injustice. Sometimes I don't feel blessed when God takes longer to act than I expect or when my road is more difficult than I might choose.

My answer: I am more convinced than ever that God is good, His ways are right, and His heart is true. When I doubt, He reassures. When I fear, He comforts. When I hurt, He heals. Yes, I'm prone to wander and leave the God I love, but He never leaves me. He is a compassionate and selfless King. I pray today that you will find refuge in the Anointed One!

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Discussion Questions

1. Psalm 2:1-2 are quoted in Acts 4:23-31. Who are the two people groups that Peter and John said plotted in vain against Jesus?

2. Psalm 2:7 is quoted in these amazing passages: Hebrews 1:1-5, Hebrews 5:1-5, and Acts 13:32-33. Clearly Jesus is the Son mentioned in each. What attributes of Jesus are highlighted in these three passages?

3. Psalm 2:9 is referenced in Revelation. Read Revelation 19:11-21. This passage describes the Second Advent when Jesus returns to conquer the nations. Make note of the names of Jesus in this passage. How many do you count?

4. Speaking of stereograms, try to find the mermaid in this duck pond. If you struggle to see it, hold it close to your face and stare at a spot somewhere in the middle for 20 seconds, then slowly move away. Repeat this until she appears!

11 Comments available

Aaron Young 3 days ago

Happy Birthday! Faithful, True, Word of God, King of kings, Lord of lords…our Lord and Savior Jesus!

Don Freeman 3 days ago

Amen

Kenneth Rodgers 3 days ago

Great devo - thanks Robert! Happy Birthday!!

Kenneth Rodgers 3 days ago

Great devo - thanks Robert! Happy birthday!!

Robert Owens 5 days ago

Robert Green … Thank You - your devo is on point and perceptive. Good way to start the day. I can re-late to “Linda’s husband” as my mother-in-law used to refer to me as “what’s his name.” The stereograms you refer to are hidden and I have to really look or have them pointed out to me. The verse links are very helpful … Well Done. Robert Owens Mason County, Texas

Scott Jones 5 days ago

Facing a difficult challenge at this season. My Scottish flesh would like to paint my face blue and pick up my broadsword. May I choose to seek refuge in our Lord Jesus Christ instead.

Sue Bohlin 5 days ago

Happy birthday, Robert! And thanks for the link to the mermaid. It’s been years since I looked at a stereogram and had to read the instructions on the website. I’d forgotten about the need to unfocus my eyes!

This psalm, especially combined with the NT passages you gave us, is a great reminder to look for God’s big picture when He will make all things right in the end, including dealing with rebellious and contemptuous world leaders. The Lord’s promise to make all things right has become front-and-center to me as I’ve been watching Hallmark Christmas movies, paying attention to how they all give what our hearts long for: reconciliation, misunderstandings cleared up, true love found, justice secured, and happy endings. I’ve decided that sappy, formulaic movies have a redemptive value when they make me aware of Jesus’ precious promise to set everything right in the end.

Hugh Stephenson 5 days ago

GM Robert! Happy Birthday!! Great devo. A great way to start off advent. Thank you for the verse links.

I am resolved this season to respond to each “Merry Christmas!” with “He’s coming back!”.

Confession: I can’t find the mermaid but will try again later.

In my journey of faith one of the most powerful steps was understanding how all the OT pointed to Jesus. The promise of a redeemer in Genesis 3:15 and the key prophecies were a huge part of the left brained aspects.

In your key verse I am centered on the phrase “take refuge”. The Hebrew word is “ḥâsâ”. From Strong’s - flee for protection, confide in, have hope, make refuge, put trust in. Compare Psalms 5:11 and 34:22.

2 Timothy 3:16 – My choices bring me to the fork the in the road. Rage & plot? Or flee for protection & have hope?

Michael Scaman 7 days ago

It’s possible that Psalm 1 and 2 were originally one. “Blessed is the man” is the start Psalm 1 and " Blessed are all who take refuge in him." at the end of Psalm 2. If the blessed man is Jesus then surely " Blessed are all who take refuge in him."

An obedient King of Judah would be ‘the Son’

And the title of Psalm 3 makes it appear it might be talking about not immediate fulfillment since rather than trusting in the son David is on the run from his son Absalom.

Michael Scaman 7 days ago

in Hebrew some say Psalm 2 has “I have poured out my king on Mt Zion” and in Psalm 22 “I have been poured out like water”

Jesus was the King who was poured out on Mt Zion in His work on the cross.

Jesus is also the one who God gives the nations as his inheritance. God also gives the church the nations also being in Christ.

Michael Scaman 7 days ago

Book 1 of the Psalms is Psalms 1 through 41.

The first 2 Psalms are about the blessed man. Psalm 2 quoted as about Jesus explicitly in the New testament as part of arguments why Jesus is greater than the angels in Hebrews, why he is a great high priest and even about the resurection.

The last two psalms are about the blessed but poor man who was betrayed by Judas and so the blessed man bookends Psalm book 1.

A good sermon on the Psalms is by Jim Elliot the missionary who was speared by the Auca natives about 1955 in South America https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=6170716116

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