“…celebrate His rule with trembling.” Psalm 2:11b
Why tremble before God when celebrating His rule? To better understand the psalmist’s perspective, we must first read the entire psalm. The writer provokes the reader with the query, “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?” (v.1) What are they conspiring to do? In this diatribe the writer answers his own question: “The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against His anointed…” (v.2) The circumstances seem eerily familiar in our own time. Political correctness has marginalized Christianity out of our nation’s identity, and we are now missing the critical thread holding the fabric of our society and culture. It is a Christian worldview found in the Judaic premise of God’s revealed order which promised a society of peace, provision, and protection. Jesus referred to this order in the prayer He taught His disciples: “…Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt.6:10, KJV)
The political elite and people of influence have plotted to eliminate all vestiges of a Christian worldview, and even a Judaic worldview, from our national platform. This effort has embraced any and every form of religious practice which denies the existence and power of the risen Christ. What are the residual effects of such a departure from our founding principles? One need only look at the rise in opioid deaths, school shootings, deepening fractures between the races, erasure or revisions of history, and a host of social problems brought on by ignoring laws for immigration, thus burdening our educational and medical structures. The former worldview was deemed oppressive and too restraining, leading to a total rejection of the founding principles which guided our nation. (v.3)
Is God threatened by their rejection? Is He intimidated by their posturing? Verses four through nine shows otherwise. God has established His Kingdom which will have no end. (Is.9:6-7) God breathes a warning to the rulers of David’s day, and through the centuries to the rulers of today:
“Therefore, you kings be wise; be wise you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate His rule with trembling. Kiss His Son, or He will be angry and your way will lead to destruction…”.
David was seeking to transfer an eternal precept to the rulers of the earth: to be more afraid of The One Who can destroy both body and soul, than of mere man, who may be able to destroy another’s body. (Mt.10:28) All who take refuge in God are blessed with His promise to provide, protect, and know His peace which passes the world’s understanding.
When you write your congresswoman/man, senator, or president, send this blog and encourage her/him to read it and look to The Ruler of the Universe as our compass and guide.
Pray for our nation to have a great revival!