Psalm 2: True blessing

In Psalm 1, we see what the life of a blessed man looks like. In Psalm 2, we learn who the blessed are:

Blessed are all who take refuge in [the Son] (v. 12)

Psalm 2 opens with the nations and rulers and kings of the world conspiring against ‘the Lord and his Anointed’. They are plotting to break apart the bonds between the Lord and his Anointed, and cast off their own obligations to both.

This is a fearful thought. If the powers of this world gathered together under one roof tonight and made designs to destroy my life, no place I could flee to would be safe. But in the face of such opposition, God laughs. He looks at mighty rulers and powerful kings and sees nothing but ants that are easily crushed. He answers them by saying,

“I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

God has issued forth a decree proclaiming the Anointed One as his established king. And this king is special. He is God’s Son, and he has promised to place everything in this world under his Son’s authority. His rule will be of such power and completeness that the nations are described as pieces of pottery, easily broken.

The Psalmist wrote in the days of the kings of Israel. Yet the description of the king above cannot apply to even the greatest of kings Israel had seen. Solomon, who ruled over the glory days of Israel, could not claim the ends of the earth as his possession. His kingdom had borders which he had to defend, and he did so in part by making marriage alliances with other kings, which ultimately led to his downfall. Not the kind of king you would describe as dashing the nations in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

The psalm would only find its true fulfillment centuries later with the coming of Jesus, the true Son of God. Man would do their best to sunder the bonds between the Father and Son, putting Jesus to death on a cross. They would mock the kingship of Jesus, crowning him with a twisted loop of thorns. Yet three days later, God would raise his Son from the dead, vindicating Jesus’ honour and establishing his kingship and his kingdom forever. The plots of man and the devil were brought to utter ruin at the cross.

Therefore, if this psalm finds its true fulfillment in Jesus, then so does the advice of the psalmist. Be wise, he warns. Serve the Lord with fear. Kiss the Son. That last one sounds odd in our day and age, but the parallel command makes more sense – take refuge in the Son.

What are we taking refuge from exactly? Nothing more than the anger and wrath of God against all who plotted against his Anointed One and tried to overthrow his rule. None of humanity is exempt. But there is a hiding place, a safe refuge. At the cross, Jesus took on the wrath of God in our place and satisfied it. All who live under his rule will never have to fear such wrath again. This is the essence of true blessing.

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