Introduction ~ This is one of the many psalms that King David wrote (see Acts 4:25). It shows the rebellious nature of mankind. The theme is “God’s King” and it has also been described as “Christ—The Mighty Prince.” It is the first of the Messianic Psalms and has been referred to as “A Hymn of the Coming Messiah.” From a global perspective it is about the Messiah’s triumph and kingdom (see Acts 4:23-31 which quotes part of Psalm 2).
Outline ~ The 12 verse psalm can easily be divided into four sections of 3 verses each. The basis of the following outline is from J. Vernon McGee: “This second Psalm can be seen like a television program with one camera on earth and another in heaven.”
1The Camera On Earth ~ “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us’” (Psalm 2:1-3). The camera on earth shows the peoples and rulers raging against God and Christ.
2The Camera In Heaven ~ “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion’” (Psalm 2:4-6). The camera in heaven reveals that God the Father is unmoved by this ridiculous rebellion of little man. He pursues His plan of putting His King on the throne of this earth.
3The Camera In Heaven ~ “I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel’” (Psalm 2:7-9). The camera in heaven now shifts to the right hand of the Father. God the Son is seen asserting His authority to carry through the decree because of His resurrection (Acts 13:33). He will come to judge the nations.
4The Camera On Earth ~ “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:10-12). The camera on earth shows how God the Holy Spirit invites men to accept the Savior. “Kiss the Son” is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Summary ~ In the Treasury of David the “Prince of Preachers” Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote that the whole psalm “Shows us the nature of sin, and the terrible results of it if it could reign.” It refers to the deity of the Coming Messiah (2:7) and to the Messiah’s ultimate reign (2:8).
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