Psalms 2:1-12 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? (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 burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”…
(10) Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. (11) Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (12) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Leadership: love it / hate it. When we have to be accountable to someone we are sorely tempted to ‘burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us’. We people, well, we do get our feathers ruffled. That is part of the whole ‘created in the image of God’. We have a sense of dominion, we just lose perspective that it is a subordinate dominion. We may in various ways be lords, but he is Lord of lords. That’s where redemption comes in.
Kiss the Son, you rebels. Change your ways and acknowledge: there is only one God, and you’re not him! He is manifest in Jesus, the King amongst us. By declaring loyalty to Jesus as Lord our rebellion and arrogance is replaced, not to make us mumbly and useless. Rather, our redemption is to give us our legitimate role of strength. The rebel is not wrong to value strength, the rebel is wrong in assessing what is real and right strength. In Christ we are given the right and responsibility to be strong and useful; like him.
The very desire of the rebellious is thwarted by short sightedness. A truly satisfied rebel is the one who rebels against the rebellion and finds wise loyalty under the justice and mercy of Christ.