“We shall not greatly err in our summary of this sublime psalm if we call it The Psalm of Messiah the Prince; for it sets forth, as in a wondrous vision, the tumult of the people against the Lord’s anointed, the [decisive] purpose of God to exalt his own Son, and the ultimate reign of that Son over all his enemies. Let us read it with the eye of faith, beholding, as in a glass, the final triumph of our Lord Jesus Christ over all his enemies… [And let us consider], O how wise, how infinitely wise is obedience to Jesus, and how dreadful is the folly of those who continue to be his enemies!” (C.H. Spurgeon)
Cardiphonia: This entire Psalm is about the Son of God who is now crowned Lord of all (Heb. 1:5-13). People and nations still oppose Jesus, but we need to know that he will prevail with a rod of iron and almighty power—with his church reigning with him in glory (Rev. 2:26, 27). Yes, this is a psalm for days like our own; days in which nations rage and evil conspires on every front to reject the Lord’s Messiah, together with all that is holy, pure, and good. It is a psalm to remind us that human efforts to overthrow the reign of God are futile from the start; a vanity that has the heavens laughing with scorn (Psalm 2:4). The Son of God is God’s universal, unrivaled, unthreatened, and everlasting King. Let us kiss him with adoring reverent love. And let us rest in this psalm—as did the earliest believers in Acts 4:24-26—in the knowledge that God will win even when the nations rage.
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