God’s Renewing Word of Wisdom
Psalm 2: Today’s reading is a royal psalm that was probably used when a new king was inaugurated. Each king was known as God’s “son” (2 Samuel 7:14), an indication of the king’s role as God’s agent. As one who is chosen (verse 2), the king is God’s anointed one whose royal authority is a divine gift.
God’s Chosen King
2 Why do the nations plan rebellion?
Why do people make their useless plots?
2 Their kings revolt,
their rulers plot together against the Lord
and against the king he chose.
3 “Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say;
“let us throw off their control.”
4 From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs
and mocks their feeble plans.
5 Then he warns them in anger
and terrifies them with his fury.
6 “On Zion, my sacred hill,” he says,
“I have installed my king.”
7 “I will announce,” says the king, “what the Lord has declared.
He said to me: ‘You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask, and I will give you all the nations;
the whole earth will be yours.
9 You will break them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.’”
10 Now listen to this warning, you kings;
learn this lesson, you rulers of the world:
11 Serve the Lord with fear;
tremble 12 and bow down to him;
or else his anger will be quickly aroused,
and you will suddenly die.
Happy are all who go to him for protection.
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 2:11, 12a
Serve the LORD with fear; tremble and bow down to him.
The opening verse of Psalm 1 (from yesterday’s reading) and the concluding verse of Psalm 2 serve as a framework for describing the true source of happiness. What did these two psalms teach you?
Holy God, teach me to follow you all the days of my life. I find true joy and happiness in studying and obeying your Law. Help me to serve you always. Amen.
And now, join us in thanking God that believers in Angola are now receiving their own Bibles./ Gracious God, for many believers in Angola obstacles often come between them and the chance to hold and cherish their own Bibles. A lack of infrastructure, along with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, has made it difficult for your Word to reach small towns and roadless areas, along with those in distant regions. Thanks be to you, Lord God, that the generosity of supporters is enabling faithful believers in Angola to receive the Bibles they yearn for, strengthening and practicing their faith and connecting with your Word. Amen.
Psalm 14: A psalm describing human wickedness.