Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
The nations of the earth band together to put a stop to God’s anointed son, Jesus. But their efforts are in vain. God, the Ruler of the Universe, watches in amusement at their feeble attempts. God established his Son, Jesus, as the Messiah, the King of Zion, and nothing can overtake Him. Then Jesus responds to His Father’s decree, declares His relationship to the Father, and His authority over all the earth, “I will make the nations Your inheritance, the ends of the earth Your possession” (verse 8).
“Kiss His son,” means to give reverence to the Messiah, and refers to the Eastern custom of paying respect to persons of superior rank. The Psalmist ends the Psalm counseling the nations and kingdoms to submit to the Lord, and serve Him or they will perish.
Who are you serving today? Are you turning against Christ and in that sense overthrowing Him by following your own inclinations? Is Jesus the Sovereign Ruler of your life? If not, take refuge in Him today, and be blessed.
Jackie O Smith
General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Dpt.