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Psalm 2

Katie Donohoue

1 Why do the nations rage

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

“Let us burst their bonds apart

and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;

the Lord holds them in derision.

Then he will speak to them in his wrath,

and terrify them in his fury, saying,

“As for me, I have set my King

on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree:

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;

today I have begotten you.

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron

and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son,

lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,

for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

This psalm brings to mind the lyrics of King of the Jungle, a Steven Curtis Chapman song.

"And what I see is telling me this worlds going crazy

But what is real says God's still on His throne"

If one looks through the eyes of the world, it is indeed a scary, crazy place.  Terrorism, wars, persecution rightfully put fear in the hearts of anyone.  However, our God tells us to see things through His perspective.  No matter what is going on in this fallen world, He is still in charge.  His will, and only His will, will be accomplished.  Psalm 2 concludes with an exhortation to all to worship Him with service, praise, and love.  Then we will be ever safe in Him.

Dear Sovereign King, thank you for your most holy will and your protection.  Guide us as we seek to be your servants in this fallen world.  Help us to spread your compassion to all those we meet so that not fear, but service, praise, and love will rule the hearts of your children.   Amen.

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