Psalm 2 – Take Refuge in the King

Since we are in the midst of Lent and heading towards Holy Week and Easter, I thought I would focus on Psalms that include some foreshadowing of Jesus and His reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Although speaking in one sense of David as the chosen king in Jerusalem, this Psalm speaks prophetically of Jesus as the final King on His holy mountain. I love the last line: “But what joy for those who take refuge in him!”

Psalm 2

 1 Why are the nations so angry?
      Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
 2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
      the rulers plot together
   against the Lord
      and against his anointed one.
 3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
      “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

 4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
      The Lord scoffs at them.
 5 Then in anger he rebukes them,
      terrifying them with his fierce fury.
 6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
      in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

 7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
   “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
      Today I have become your Father.
 8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
      the whole earth as your possession.
 9 You will break them with an iron rod
      and smash them like clay pots.’”

 10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
      Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
 11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
      and rejoice with trembling.
 12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
      and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
   for his anger flares up in an instant.
      But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
Psalm 2 (NIV).

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6 responses to “Psalm 2 – Take Refuge in the King

  1. Ann

    Thank you, Linda

    The nations are angry but I’m thankful that not only can I take refuge in Him, but I can also experience joy – even in the midst of the anger.

    Echoing Deb :-)

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. I can’t believe I missed this. I never saw the foreshadowing of Christ’s coming until you pointed it out. And now that I see it, it’s quite clear.

    My first time through the Bible I was very isolated– no church, no friends. So I took everything at face value. I think that’s why I crave good teaching so much. It was hard on my own.

    Thanks for this solid and memorable lesson today! : )

    • Linda, I’m so glad I was able to point out Christ in this Psalm. I have been fascinated by the many places He is present or foreshadowed in the Old Testament ever since one day when I was reading through Luke, and in the story of when Jesus appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus after His death it says, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27. Since the New Testament didn’t yet exist, the Scriptures Jesus referred to were the Old Testament books. I’ve had my eye and my heart open to finding Him there ever since. Peace, Linda

  3. Taking refuge in Him today, Linda! And it certainly is a joy! God bless you and yours and your week ahead.

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