Psalm 2: The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed

I meant to be cranking these out at a better pace but I knew it would be rough in the beginning for me, mostly for personal reasons. I’ve been working on a big move for a while and it’s been interfering. Soon I’ll be on it better.


Psalm 2 

1Why do the nations ragea
and the peoples plot in vain?
2The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
3“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

4He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”

7I will tell of the decree:
The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9You shall breakb them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12Kiss 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.

This one sounds much simpler than the last, pointing out the way that other people are always coming up against Israel first and then going on to say that God thinks it’s funny how people who He doesn’t support think they can go up and win against those He does support, even going so far as to specify where the one He supports sits.

The third stanza makes it sound like the writer of the Psalm was definitely one of the kings of Israel, perhaps David himself this time. I know that many are attributed to him in one way or another, but seriously, God talked to him and called him a son. We know it’s well before the time of Jesus and I feel like that leaves David as the actual writer for once. God promises him some things.

These are again the kind of lines that people like to quote and put on things because God promises some big things but these are to a specific person. He also isn’t promising to do whatever the asker asks. God’s promising to help the writer take down some people and be the ruler over everything. Since He is presumably talking to to the ruler of His own people, this goes back to the last psalm too where God will prosper the person carrying out His will.

It’s tied together in the end to come off like a warning to those kings mentioned in the beginning. It tells them that God is with him and not them, that He has already promised to take them down for him if he asks. He ends it by insisting that they be wary of both himself and of God.

Altogether, I can appreciate the sentiment of this one but see how it could also be misconstrued or taken out of context. This is about God and Israel during a specific time in their history and not necessarily true of all followers for all time.


Chapter links go to the ESV translations at Biblehub.com but I’m reading from the ESV Global Study Bible, which is available for free on the Kindle Reading App.

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