Psalm 2: The King
Sermon Series: Praying The Psalms
Sermon Title: The King
To pray well, we need to learn the greatness and goodness of God.
If we find ourselves neglecting prayer or feeling embarrassed/hesitant to pray, then it’s because we don’t fully understand, realize, and appreciate how greatGod is. If we understood what we have access to in Him, we’d go to Him constantly.
Psalms is a book full of prayers, and studying it can help us learn how best to pray. However, Psalm 1 & 2 are not actually prayers: They’re songs intended to prepare our hearts for prayer. Psalm 2 does this by giving us confidence in who God is.
Point 1: Listen to the Nations Rage
The psalm starts by showing all the nations raging against God. This is the natural state of fallen man. We rage against God’s sovereignty. We see Him as a killjoy who wants to destroy our personal freedom. But nothing could be further from the truth. The psalmist asks, “Why are they doing this?” because he knows that God does not seek to oppress us but rather to provide us rest in his rulership (See Matthew 11:29-30, “My yoke is easy”).
Biblically, complete autonomy is not an option. We will always have a master. Either we will be servants of Christ or we will be enslaved to our own passions (see 2 Peter 2:19). Therefore, our choice is not freedom vs. a master but rather a good master vs. a bad master.
Point 2: Listen to the Lord Laugh
In response to the nations’ rage, God laughs. When we feel ridiculed or tempted to retreat because of the world’s scoffing, we should be encouraged by this truth. Just as He did to the Egyptians in Exodus, God wants us to know that His power is incomparably greater than that of the nations, to the point where their threats are laughable. If we keep are our eyes on the King, we will not be scared or deterred by scoffers. They are not a threat to us; instead, they are meant to be our mission …
Point 3: Listen to the Son Declare
God has sent His own Son as our Messiah. Both in Psalm 2 and in the New Testament, God declares the identity of His Son clearly and publicly so there can be no confusion (see Matthew 3:17). He has made His Son ruler over the nations, giving Christ absolute power over all those who rage against him at the start of the psalm (see vs. 8-9). But instead of conquest, the Son’s first priority is missions!
Point 3: Listen to the Mercy Being Offered
The psalm ends with an offer of mercy. God wants to turn enemies into friends and family (See the example of Paul in the New Testament). We are encouraged to be wise and be warned: Resistance is futile, so let us serve the Lord with fear (respectful reverence) for He is a great and good King. To belong to Him is our greatest joy, and it is an honor to say that we are slaves of Christ. Let us worship Him.
“There will be no refuge from Him, only in Him.” - Ligon Duncan
For those who have not yet accepted Christ as King, the psalm ends with a warning: Act now. Surrender now. Because we do not know when God’s wrath and judgement may come and the opportunity for repentance be lost. God is not looking for children who come to Him only at the last moment in order to avoid punishment. He is looking for children with whom He can have a relationship.
For those who already worship Christ as King, be encouraged. Psalm 2 should give us confidence in who God is and strengthen us in prayer.