1 Why do the nations conspire[a]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron[b];
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Man is small. He is an ant on an anthill. God is the mountain standing beside it. That’s what the first few lines of this psalm make me think of – how easy it is for us to get big-headed, and to think we could ever accomplish much on our own. “The one enthroned in Heaven laughs.” God almost seems to have a sense of humor about how self-aggrandized we can be.
But, He is also angered. He rebukes the proud, conspiring wicked. He warns them of the peril and the end that may be near, should they continue to go against Him. This psalm is both a warning and a call to serve the Lord. Not directed just at the wicked, self-absorbed kings of the earth, but at all of us.
Because, we each reach moments in our month and in our week and in our day and when we forget who is in control and assume that we are. We each need to pause and give God back His place — the throne seat of our lives. If we do, we will be welcomed back as HIs children. If we don’t, His wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.
Lord, please help us to remember how small we are and how mighty you are. Please help us to remember your relevance in our lives. Please let it be a strong enough reminder for each of us to keep us from wandering astray down our own paths, stumbling into fields of wrath and rebuke. You are God. We are not. We give you back your place on the throne seat of our lives. Amen.