Do You Deal With Everyone This Way? - The One Year Book of Psalms

Do You Deal With Everyone This Way?

Psalm 2:7-12

7The king proclaims the LORD’s decree:

“The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son.

Today I have become your Father.

8Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,

the ends of the earth as your possession.

9You will break them with an iron rod

and smash them like clay pots.’”

10Now then, you kings, act wisely!

Be warned, you rulers of the earth!

11Serve the LORD with reverent fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

12Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,

and you will be destroyed in the midst of your pursuits—

for his anger can flare up in an instant.

But what joy for all who find protection in him!

One night in Jerusalem, God gave his prophet Nathan a message to relay to King David. The message was this: “I will be his father, and he will be my son. . . . My unfailing love will not be taken from him” (2 Samuel 7:14-15). Quite a message!

When David received the Lord’s message, he was overwhelmed, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord? . . . Do you deal with everyone this way? . . . You know what I am really like.” (2 Samuel 7:18-20). Years earlier, when David was only a shepherd boy, God had anointed him to be king. But now God called him his son. To David, it was a higher honor to be God’s son than to be king.

In the New Testament, Jesus is the great fulfillment of this psalm. He is God’s Son (see Matthew 3:17; Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5; 5:5; and 2 Peter 1:17), and, like David, he has been anointed and appointed by God. Unlike David, however, Jesus is also God (John 1:18).

Amazingly, God says that we, too, can become his sons and daughters. The apostle John writes that all who have believed and accepted Jesus Christ have the right to become God’s children (John 1:12). As you read Psalm 2, reflect on the wonderful privilege you have been given to become a child of God through God’s unique Son, and give God praise.

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,

To his feet thy tribute bring.

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

Who like me his praise shall sing?

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise the everlasting King!

HENRY F. LYTE

“The first psalm is the outer door of practical insight with a prophetic close; the second psalm is the inner door of prophetic insight with a practical close.”

JOHN KER

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