Scripture: Psalm 2

Psalm 2 is a Messianic psalm in which nations and kings are urged to serve God because He has entrusted our ultimate judgment (the wrath of God or blessed eternity) to Christ. I keep gravitating to verse 1, “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?” I’m not surprised, given the amount of time I have spent studying authority and rebellion while preparing for this blog. Our sin nature hates authority, so we rebel to get our way, all in vain. Many chapters in the Bible refer to these themes in some capacity. I have realized that in reading the Bible, I typically think of rebellion as something extreme like killing, stealing, idol-worshiping or destroying nations. While those are terrible things, these things don’t keep me down on a daily basis. Lust for control keeps me down. It’s insidious and I had never realized it. Natalie Grant captured it perfectly in her song “King of the World” when she confesses, “I try to pull you down, so we are eye to eye” and “I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world.” Yet grasping for control never works. Our God is omnipotent. He doesn’t take orders from me. He has the power to sit in the heavens and laugh at my futile resistance, bring His wrath, or bless me. He’s in control. My only job is to put my childlike “trust in Him” and relinquish control. In doing so, the final verse tells me that I will be blessed. “Blessed are those who take refuge in Him.” Thank You, Papa!

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