Updated: Sep 2
Perspective is everything! I have personally been meditating on Psalm chapters 1 and 2 in the past few days. There is such a wealth of insight and hope that can be drawn from this deep well. As we all are being overwhelmed with constant disturbing and discouraging news, we are left with the question of where to turn to for help and hope. If perspective truly is everything, we must be intentional about what we focus our attention on. As my college roommate Kyle Alford was always famous in saying, "Whatever we feed grows and whatever we starve dies." Another thought is that we will become like whatever behold. There is power and encouragement for our hearts when we meditate and think upon God's words and ways.
I want to share some of the insights that the Lord has been speaking to me through my time of meditating in Psalm 1 and 2. I would encourage you to read and reflect on these two chapters/songs written by King David as one song and flow of thought. Remember that the majority of King David's songs were written while he was sitting before the ark of God's presence under the tent tabernacle in Jerusalem. David sat, sang, and meditated on God and received inspiration around the dreams and mysteries and plans He would bring to pass in generations to come. On one of these occasions or seasons, David gained insight into the lifestyle of those whom God loves to bless. Psalm 1 and 2 are reflections of the blessed and obedient person and the cursed and rebellious person. In Psalm 1, David says that those who refuse the counsel and favor of the world and delight in the boundary lines of God's commands would become like a well-watered tree who is never wearied. David compares this person to a rooted and planted tree beside a good source of water. In turn, this "tree" is then proving its wisdom by the continuous fruit it is producing season after season.
Psalm 1:3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
As you enter into the reflections and thoughts of King David in Psalm 2, we hear David asking this reasonable question..."Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?" I imagine David asking the question this way as he is seeing God, hearing God the Father speaking to God the Son, "Why are the people of the world in the generations to come rejecting this beautiful and merciful and powerful King who is coming to rule? Haven't they seen Him? Do they really think that their alternative plans will succeed? Wow! They really are deceived beyond imagination." David is even given insight from God of how the wicked kings and rulers of the earth determine to elect and put their own leaders in place, regardless of God's plans, let alone the will of the majority of the people. These same wicked kings, rulers, and judges will put in place their own policies, amass their own wealth, and pursue their own agendas while casting off the boundaries and restraints of God and His warning laws. Listen to these wicked rulers as it appears that they acknowledge there is a God but they willingly reject Him. Notice the "Their", possibly referring to the God-head.
Psalm 2:3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”
It is apparent that what David was being shown in this encounter is now maturing and happening in our day. These kings and rulers will work to systematically undo the bonds of God's moral restraints. Some of the things that are unfolding in our days are the full legalizing and approving of infant murder in the womb, the redefinition of what marriage is, the erasing of the lines of sexuality and gender, age, etc. The boundary line of morality are being removed for our culture. The thought is that this is true freedom. It reminds me of the devastation of 2011 in Japan after a large tsunami swept through parts of the nation with floodwaters: "Hundreds of such “tsunami stones” dot the coastal hillsides of Japan. Planted decades or even centuries ago, they commemorate past disasters and warn residents of future ones. (Multiple warnings from previous generations...) God Himself speaks and has given us His Words as the warning stones. This is at the very heart of God speaking through King David to the wicked kings and rulers of the earth. There is no permanence or safety outside of God's boundary lines.
David goes to comment about hearing God laugh (verse 4) at these futile attempt to cancel God. In other words, God will have the last word/laugh/final plans.
In verse 6, David hears God speaking to God and declaring, "I have elected My own King and placed Him on My platform for all to see Him." That is such a powerful statement but even more powerful was that David heard this conversation.
Psalm 2:6 “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.”
As David continues to hear this conversation between God the Father and God the Son, He hears Him make known His response and remedy to confronting these short-lived plans. God makes know the great wisdom of Heaven from eternity. He reveals how His Kingdom is managed and expanded. God's remedy? God's 'holy prescription'? It is the majesty and mystery of Intercession. God the Father speaks to God the Son, "Ask Me and I will give You..." This is the mystery of the economy of God's Kingdom. He receives the highest pleasure and satisfaction when His children ask Him for the individual desires of their heart and in time gain insight into the Fathers' dreams and desires and begin asking for those dreams to be fulfilled from Heaven to Earth. Jesus Christ, as the Only Begotten Son, ultimately modeled this divine exchange and interaction of prayer on the earth toward Heaven. Jesus ultimately asks the Father for the nations as His inheritance because He knows that this is the Father's gift to Him for eternity. Christ receives as He asks. We too receive from the Father as we ask. God's ultimate remedy for a broken and sick world who waits for ultimate justice and restoration is a people on the earth who ask Him, "Let Your Kingdom come and will be done on the Earth as it is in Heaven."
Matthew 6:9-10 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Until He Comes,