Day 2: Orphaned Book End x2
(1)Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
(2)The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
(3)”Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”
(4)The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
(5)He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
(6)”I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”
(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.”
(10)Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
(11)Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.
(12)Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
This poor little orphaned psalm, what do you mean? Who wrote you? Why were you significant to in Ancient Israel?
YOU GUYS!!! “Doctor” Luke wrote in Acts 4,
“You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant
David: ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together
against the Lord and his anointed one.'” (Acts 4:25-26)
Luke knew through Jewish tradition that this psalm was written by king David. And even better than that…these are words that were SPOKEN to king David by the Father himself!.
During the time that Luke was writing this particular chapter in Acts, the disciples, Peter and John, were in Jerusalem and had just been released from prison for ticking off the Sanhedrin (the Jewish ruling counsel) AGAIN!
Apparently, talking about Jesus and healing in His Name was a way to get yourself thrown into prison during those days. The Sanhedrin were not happy and would not stand for it, because every time that Peter and John spoke, people believed and gave their hearts to Jesus!
Oh, that when I speak, people would believe. But, unfortunately, when I speak it usually falls on deaf ears; the socks remain on the floor and the dogs STILL need to go out!
But in all truth, friends, we do not know the impact that our words have on those around us. So speak today. Speak about Jesus: to your spouse, to your children, to your mom, to your neighbor. Speak.
Back to the psalm: smart Bible people call this a “Royal Psalm,” meaning it was composed and probably read or sung or recited at the coronation of kings. Which makes sense if you read it again. Right?
“His anointed” meaning God has chosen and set this king in his place over God’s people. The reference to “father” and “son” was a reference to God the Father and his anointed king or “son.”
This psalm, as Peter and John attested to in Acts 26, also relates to Jesus..
Jesus is God’s anointed one, His Son, and Savior of this world. Of you and of me. David lived 1000 years before Jesus. He did not know this Royal Psalm pertained to the Messiah as well. That is so amazing to me; everything just FITS together!
Oh, and by the way, let’s just stop for a second. Can you imagine our God laughing as He sits on His throne? He is not pacing and worrying or full of fear and uncertainty. It says He’s laughing from His throne! What a sight that must be.
Oh, sweet friend, laugh in the face of troubles today.
Laugh at your worry…
Laugh at that Algebra unit that is stumping you too…
Laugh at that pile of laundry that only grows and spreads…
Laugh at that conflict that you know is coming between you and someone you love…Laugh today.
Laugh because our LORD is enthroned in heaven.Laugh because IT ALL FITS TOGETHER into God’s mighty plan.
And speak it!
In the old testament the Lord, through Moses, says,
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates…” (Deuteronomy 11: 18-20)
Finally, take refuge in Him and His goodness and faithfulness to the kings of Ancient Israel and to you and me..
What does “take refuge in” mean? Surprisingly, http://www.freedictionary.com’s definition of this term gave me great peace:
To Take Refuge In: to seek protection or shelter from some source of danger or hardship; to hide in something; to seek safety or comfort in something
Blessed, consecrated, set apart, and holy are ALL who take refuge in Him.
As the kings of old would say the words of this psalm, they knew they would be blessed when all was said and done IF they took refuge in the Lord. But they also knew they had to speak it! Take the oath, accept the kingship, speak the blessing….
My friends, take refuge in the LORD, seek safety and comfort in His goodness and faithfulness.
Father in Heaven, we are your beloved children. We are not warrior kings of old, but we are still your chosen ones. You put us into our homes to teach our children, to love and encourage our spouses, to help those in need around us. You chose us not because we are strong enough, but because you are. Father, as we seek refuge and comfort and safety in your Word, in your faithfulness and goodness, fill us with the energy and the love and the joy and the peace that only comes from You. Fill us with the wisdom and the desire and the words to speak it today! Amen