016 | Presumptuous? Who Me?

Another feature that makes the psalms so rich in meaning is that they continue the developing story line about Jesus Christ that we've been following throughout the Bible."

I am journaling through the book titled The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible's Greatest Story written by Whitney T. Kuniholm. The above quote is from Kuniholm's introduction to this next group of five passage readings from the Psalms.

on top of the world

In reflecting on Psalm 2 Whitney Kuniholm wrote "...the name given to Jesus, Messiah, means "Anointed One," the very phrase used in this psalm (v.2)".

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, "Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles." (Psalm 2:1-3)

"I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain." I will proclaim the LORD's decree: He said to me, "You are my son; today I have become your father. (Psalm 2:6-7)

Kiss his son, or he will be angry and you and your ways will be destroyed, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2:12)
Many times there are different levels on which a passage can be read. These levels are the result of the eternal nature of the words. The words have meaning and purpose in every generation. Here I find at least three levels in Psalm 2. This was a royal psalm written for the coronation of kings in Israel. Specifically for King David and his royal line running through Israel's history. On another level, when this psalm was written it was looking forward in time to the coming royal Son of David, the Anointed One, the Messiah. We learn in this Psalm that the coming Messiah will be the very Son of God. At the same time the Israelites are focusing on the coronation of a king they are getting a preview of God's ultimate plan.

This is a psalm that starts with questions. Questions about authority. Why do kings and rulers of this world put so much stock in their authority, in their power, in their abilities, and ignore the authority of God the creator of this world? Why do they oppose the authority of God's anointed King? Why do they want to be free from the power and authority of God? Why are they so presumptuous?

We get a glimpse of what the kings and rulers of this world and their power and authority really look like to God from his vantage point. A vantage point beyond the physical world outside of space and time by the One who created everything. It looks a little silly. A little presumptuous. It must look like a big waste of time and energy.

The third level I see here in this Psalm has to do with me right now - today. Do I presume to have authority over my life? How do I view my abilities, my power, my authority? How do I view God's ability, power, and authority? Do I oppose God's authority? Under who's authority do I live my life? In who do I take refuge? Do I accept His anointed King?

Who is on top of the world? Who is on top of my world? Who is King?

I can answer these questions right now intellectually in thoughts and words, but do I answer these questions with my actions? Do I submit to God in my actions? In his letter to the Romans Paul urges them to worship God with their bodies.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is true worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2)
Do I offer my body as a living sacrifice? I want to answer yes. This is my goal for today, tomorrow, and the next day. I pray this is my goal for the rest of my life.

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  1. I posted on this Psalm just a couple of weeks ago. I had a similar conviction - while it's easy to read Psalm 2 as warning to the nations, it is also written to me. Me, who puts me on my own throne. I need to fear God and rejoice with trembling for the mercy and grace he's given me.


  2. I enjoyed your post, Tony. The Word of God is rich and full of wisdom. I am always encouraged to see God working in and changing people everywhere.

    We really should fear putting ourselves on the throne.

    I long for a true perspective closer to God's. A perspective that allows me to see clearly how silly it looks when I put myself on the throne.

  3. I came to your blog through Entrecard and I thought your header was beautiful. Then I started reading and looking at what you have posted, and now I think it's stunning. You're doing great work. God Bless You!

  4. I'm loving the content of your blog. After dealing with the things I deal with in my blog, it is refreshing to get some perspective of some uncompromising followers of Christ. Keep it up.

  5. I just stumbled on your blog! I'm very encouraged to find another Jesus-seeker.

  6. Pam, Tony C., and Kate:

    Thank you for the compliments. It is quite encouraging.

  7. so true, we often fail to realize HOW BIG, ALL-POWERFUL, ALMIGHTY, ALL-KNOWING, OUR GOD IS. If only we would, we'd not have one worry in the world...

    Reminds me of the verse that I love to share....
    Psalms 46:10 Be STILL AND KNOW, I AM GOD...


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