A Royal Celebration

7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

-Psalm 2:7-9

This chapter is what is called a “Royal Psalm.”  This psalm in particular was used in a special way in the inauguration of the kings of Israel in the line of David.  The kings of Israel became not only a servant of the heavenly King, but God refers to their special relationship as one of “father” and “son.”  This psalm in poetic fashion displays the power given to the kings of Israel.  God gives the nations over to the kings of Israel.  The psalm was used and read as a political celebration of a new king.  It was used to remind the king and all of Israel of the special relationship between God and his royal servant.  With God giving power to the king, no one can stop them.

If Psalm 1 was a good reminder for the individual worshiper of God to stay connected to the stream of water that gives life.  Psalm 2 provides a good reminder to entire community of Israel to be faithful to its and king and for its king to remain faithful to the heavenly King.

Israel’s understanding of what makes a successful nation is to have a ruler in submission to God and the people in submission to the godly king.  I pray that the Lord raise up rulers to lead the nations in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.

This Psalm is ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.  It is also a Messianic Psalm that foresees the kingship and annointing of jesus.  Jesus is the true king, anointed one, and son of God.  Jesus rules at the right hand of God in his kingdom and all will bow and worship him.  We celebrate daily the fact that God has annoited his son as ruler and king of our lives.  Our worship as Christians then is a royal celebration in the spirit of this Psalm when we proclaim Jesus as son and king of God.  We proclaim as a community the victory in Jesus over our sin and the world.  Thank you Lord for the way you rule in your kingdom with your royal son at your right hand.

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