God Crowns a King
God Crowns a King (Psalm 2)
Even though we live in a democracy, God intends to rule His people and the world through a King, an absolute Sovereign. In the Old Testament, God desired to rule Israel and the world through David and his heirs (2 Sam. 7:16). God wanted to rule the earth from Jerusalem through the dynasty of David. Because of His own people's failure and the world's rejection, that rule never happened.
But God's promise did not fail. In Bethlehem, the city of David, One from the family of David came to take the throne. Humankind begged for Someone greater than David or Solomon. He came in the person of Jesus Christ. His own church recognizes His reign now. Ultimately, everyone will bow to His rule.
Psalm 2 was written for the coronation of an Old Testament king, but its greater fulfillment is the coronation of the King of kings. God crowns Christ King and gives Him the nations of the world as His coronation present.
Humankind Rejects the Reign of God
What is the most apt diagnosis of the human condition? Is it poverty, lack of learning, psychological sickness? The most accurate diagnosis of the human condition is rebellion against God. The psalmist looks with astonishment as creation rebels against the Creator: "Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?" (v. 1) He is astonished and indignant that the nations and sovereigns of the earth do not submit to God. The language depicts a kind of "United Nations Against God." It is an imaginary picture of a great crowd's tumultuous uproar. It is the picture of a huge convention to hatch plots against God.
History demonstrates this rebellion. The Old Testament world never recognized Israel's king as God's anointed ruler. At Christ's birth neither Rome nor the Jewish people accepted Him as King. Augustus, Herod the Great, Tiberius, and Pilate all failed to recognize God's King. The sum and substance of history is a revolt against God.
Today, that is still true. The rule and reign of God is not taken seriously by the peoples of the earth. Man is still "man in revolt." We still want to break the chains and throw off the fetters of God's rule (v. 3). But what is true of nations is only what is true of individuals. Do you submit to the reign and rule of God in your life? God's rule in history is not the immediate question. Do you yourself submit to His rule?
God Responds by Installing His Son as King
Human rejection does not threaten God. Mere human beings are stung by rejection. The Sovereign of all creation does not react to rejection as humans do. God "laughs, the Lord scoffs at them" (v. 4). These words do not drag God down to mere human behavior. But this lets us know that God's reaction to the rage of the nations against His rule is closer to a human laugh than anything else.
God can quickly dispatch human rejection. When rejection persists, God speaks and His Word is power. His indignation will vex, confound, and strike with terror the mere men who oppose His will. You can see this clearly when you look at the end and the last days of those who opposed the coming of the Christ.
God's only answer is His only Son. In verse 6 you would expect a great battle of God against the rebellious earth. But instead you read the edict of God: "I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill" (v. 6). God's answer was not a great battle. His answer was the coming of a baby, an infant, the greater Son of David. When you would expect the clash weapons or a thunderbolt from heaven to vaporize a rebellious planet, God sends a baby to Bethlehem.
God's answer for your personal rebellion is His Son. He wants to come to terms with you through Jesus Christ. His invitation is "Kiss the Son" (v. 12).
God Will Give the Earth to His Kingly Son
What is the destiny of our planet? Will it collide with a meteor? Will it bomb itself into oblivion? The intention of God is to give the earth to His Son. "Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession" (v. 8). These words found their fulfillment in Jesus' great claim, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matt. 28:18). God's promise to give the earth to His Son will find its ultimate expression in the reign of Christ over a renewed earth (Rev. 21).
The characteristic of Christ's rule will depend on our response. For those who yield He will "herd them like sheep with a crook of iron." Firm, stable, unbending lordship will mark His reign on the earth. For those who refuse to yield there will be easy, complete, irreparable destruction. They will be shattered into fragments which cannot be put back together.
God intends to give the earth to His Son as a result of our witness to all nations. When that happens, the end will come. God wants to take possession of you before He takes possession of the earth. Why not acknowledge His reign now willingly rather than later unwillingly? Our God will reign!