Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
THE LORD REIGNS
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.
Psalm 2 is widely understood as a royal psalm that was composed for a royal consecration in Jerusalem. The psalm speaks about the misuse and abuse of power and the futility of the rebellious nature of the authorities against the Lord and his anointed one. The conflicts that the Psalmist dealt with in Biblical times, as discussed in this Psalm, closely parallel the conflicts of modern day.
Acknowledge the sovereignty of the Lord: Leaders of various nations continue to desire sovereign power and subvert God’s laws. However, God has specifically commanded that He has true Sovereign power. It is our human nature to rebel against God, unless we keep his commandments in our heart and follow them daily. The Psalmist warns the kings of surrounding nations about the dangers of seeking their own sovereignty and conspiring against the Lord. In verses 10-11, he proclaims, “therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” As a Christian nation, we can rest assured that although there are other conspiring nations attempting to harm us, we have God’s love and protection through it all. The Psalmist promises that the nations who fear the Lord and follow His commands will be blessed and kept safe from evil.
Whom we elect? Whom we trust? As Christians, we have an obligation to ensure that we elect the right leaders: those that will uphold God’s law. It’s easy to focus on insignificant, temporary issues rather than the matters that are most important to God. In modern times, we get distracted by media controversy and political scandal, and often choose our leaders based on those misguided ideals. We should choose our leaders based on how their views align with God’s commandments. If we are able to accomplish this task, we can receive the blessings and protection that God promised us in Psalm 2. “Happy are those who take refuge in him” (v.12). The psalm calls for a decision: Who rules the world? Whom shall we trust? Will we trust the apparent power of the kings and rulers of the earth – the wicked? Or will we trust God? The “happy,” the righteous are those who amid competing claims and powers, put their trust in God.
Prayer: Sovereign Lord, grant us the grace to serve you with fear and with trembling that we may not be driven away by the powers of this world. Amen
Mr. Sony Jacob and Mrs. Linsy Jacob, St. Thomas MTC, New York