6 “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.” 7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. 8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. Psalm 2:6-8 NKJV
The Lord has revealed a great deal through His prophet, the psalmist, in Psalm 2. The book of Acts (4:24-26) ascribes authorship to King David.
We learn that God has set his King on the holy hill of Zion, Mt. Moriah, in Jerusalem. This is the same location where God led Abraham on a three-day journey to test if he would be willing to give up even his precious son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to the Lord (Genesis 22). Abraham was willing, but God never allowed him to go through with it. Instead, the Father later willingly offered of His own beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in the very same place on the cross for us. Jesus was three days in the grave, a parallel with Abraham’s three-day journey of grief.
But the Father raised Jesus from the dead, giving Him power and authority to rule as eternal King over all nations to the ends of the earth. Jesus has been given complete authority over all earthly kings and leaders in addition to all heavenly rulers. Most leaders on earth are not yet aware of it. Psalm 2 presents some divine advice to them, whether they choose to hear it or not.
Although Jesus became incarnate as a baby through Mary, He existed with the Father from the beginning, and all of creation was made through Him (John 1:1-3). Several Old Testament prophets add further information about this coming Messiah, the Christ. Isaiah speaks of his roots in the genealogy through David, from David’s father, Jesse.
11 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
3 His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; 4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth… Isaiah 11:1-4 NKJV.
The character of this coming King will reflect the fullness of God’s Holy Spirit. He will overflow with wisdom, understanding, divine justice and unlimited power. He will “fear” or reverence the Father, seeking always to do His will over His own, exuding love and mercy to all who call upon Him. His heart will always be extended towards the meek and the humble on the earth, and He will delight in lifting up the poor. He will sing over us when we do the same in His name.
17 The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
This coming Messiah, God’s Son, came the first time to offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins and shortcomings. Through His death and resurrection, Christ grants us a pure righteousness that we do not earn or deserve, it is a complete gift that comes with our faith in Him.
This meek carpenter’s son also came to live as an example of how the Father wishes each of us to live. He was fully God, but also fully human. He endured the same types of temptations that we do, probably much worse as He got the full attention of the evil one himself. But He did not sin.
When the good news of the gospel has been extended to all men and women on the globe and the Father determines that the time is right, Jesus will return to earth to take His rightful place as ruler over all creation, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Psalm 2 helps us to prepare and to be ready when He arrives.
12 Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2:12 NKJV
What can we do to get ready for when Jesus returns as global leader? He told us that He will come at a time when we least expect it. He also asked aloud if He would find any faith left on earth when He comes (Luke 18:8).
Who has God placed in your path that needs your assistance to get back on their feet?
What steps can we take to increase our faith?