(12 verses, :30 to read)
What I am about to READ
The Lord has set his King on Zion.
MARK and LEARN
In 1 Samuel, David had opportunity to kill King Saul who sought his life but refused to do it, saying “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD’s anointed.” (1 Samuel 24:6 ESV). This echos through this psalm. The Lord’s anointed is to be feared, for even though Saul was a rotten king, for it was the LORD himself who had made him king.
The king in Israel was to be feared because the Lord was with him. This played out in characters like King David, Solomon, and even King Saul. God worked through them in such a way as to make other kings and leaders shake in their boots. The king of Israel could “break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potters vessel” because the Lord was with him.
Psalm 2 also points forward to a different kind of king, one who is truly ‘begotten’ of the Father, so that He truly can be called the Son, that is, the Son of God. Jesus is begotten of God, he is of the same substance of the Father who would rule the nations with a rod of iron. The saying of the psalm became in Jesus ever more true “blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”
Lord Jesus, you are our King of Glory. You reign from the cross as He who took our sins upon yourself and destroyed them in your body. Reign over us now by your Spirit, by your Word and Sacraments so that on that final day when you come with judgement and justice in your hand, we may rejoice at your kingdom which has no end. In your Name, Amen.