When the Worlds of Kings Seem Large
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;
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'm in a season, ordained by God, in which the Psalms have become my voice in so many ways. There is a comfort in reading the words of men, inspired by the Word of God, reflecting truth and emotion relevant for all times and all people.
I recently began reading Eugene Peterson's book, Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer. His reflection on Psalm 2 has given me comfort in God in the midst of uncertain days. I went to bed last night fearful about things both near and far. I worry about the plots of men, and the sinful plots of my own heart.
Here are Peterson's words:
The psalm goes on to give us a glimpse of God's true King, His Son, and the hope we have only in Him:
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 break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
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.
So if, like me, you find yourself praying whimpering prayers--prayers full of doubt and cynicism--take heart. "He who sits in the heavens laughs." He is bigger, far greater, than all of this.
But He is not an uncaring God. "Blessed are all who take refuge in him." He invites us to do so.