Psalm 1 tells us about the way the righteous man walked, and Psalm 2 tells us how God has rewarded the righteous man by giving him a kingdom to rule. Psalm 2 is really Psalm 1 played out in the history of redemption. It is the righteous man acting as the obedient king. Psalm 2 explains that “the blessed man” of Psalm 1 is the “Anointed One,” or the “Messiah,” or as we are used to reading it in the New Testament, “the Christ.”
At times it can be hard to believe that Jesus sits on the throne. This is because we live in a very uncertain world. In the business world, a top company can collapse overnight. The CEO and founder of a famous company can be fired by a board of directors. A few years back, the cofounder and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, died at 56 from pancreatic cancer.
Most of the time we don’t realize it, but so much of life is unpredictable. Sometimes it takes illness, a bad injury, or the death of a loved one to realize it. The honest truth is: My life can be snuffed out on the way to work, after school while riding a bike, or in bed while I’m sleeping. I can be diagnosed with terminal cancer tomorrow.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring? In these difficult times, this psalm reminds us that true blessing and sure refuge can be found in King Jesus. Everything else may be uncertain, but one thing is for sure: King Jesus reigns.
Psalm 2 encouraged Israel after the first temple was destroyed and when there was no king seated on David’s throne, that a new King would come to rule and reign forever. God’s ultimate response to all evil and rebellion, the rage of the nations, is to install his king on Zion (2:7). In other words, God will make all things right again.
Here, this points us beyond a merely human king over Israel to the greatest King and greatest son David ever had. This psalm prophesied that Jesus Christ, the son of David, would come—and Jesus came.
He went to Zion—to Jerusalem—to die for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus came to inaugurate his kingdom, and he is coming again to fully and finally establish his forever kingdom—bringing us to the heavenly Zion and New Jerusalem.
Kiss the son (2:12), now. Bow the knee to King Jesus now before it is too late. Find your refuge, your strength, your comfort, your certainty, and your security in him.
What do the 70 weeks in Daniel 9 refer to? How should we understand this passage and others like it?