Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Title: The World is in Chaos
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
Psalm 2:1-12 (Messianic Psalm)
The world is filled with rage. Cities around the world are in uproar and rampage over injustice, corruption, frustration, uncertainty etc. How should we view this chaotic situation in the world? Please, don’t turn on the news while you are eating – it will cause you indigestion. Don’t turn on the late news before you sleep – you will have insomnia. If we are not guarded, we can sink ourselves into depression and despair. Maybe it is best to be an ostrich and just stick our heads into the sand. So, how should we deal realistically when nations rage? The answer is in Psalm 2, where the Psalmist views the rebellion of the nations against God. In the Book of Acts chapter 4 verses 24-26, King David looks at the anger and the chaotic situation of his day and says that, “Though the nations have rebelled against God, He is sovereign; thus we must submit to Him while there is time.”
Psalm 2 points out three important things about the rebellious people and the sovereign God:
- The nations have rebelled against God (Psalm 2:1-3).
- But God is sovereign; He will judge the rebellious people (Psalm 2:4-9).
- While there is still time, repent and submit to Him (Psalm 2:10-12).
This Psalm is a Messianic Psalm about Jesus Christ. The text talks about David but prophetically it talks about the Greater David – Jesus Christ – who will restore Israel to its former glory and bring peace to the world.
We are living in a time where we are disillusioned with political leaders who are self-serving, instead of using their power and influence for the betterment of the people they lead.
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.” (Psalm 2:1-3 NLT)
The Psalmist describes the arrogance, the disobedience and the self-delusion of people in pursuit of political power, both in the past and also in our present day. The Psalmist describes the godless nations that give lip service to God but whose every action reveals pride and arrogance that is governed by selfish desires and selfish pursuit.
But the sovereign God looks down from heaven and laughs at whatever powerful earthlings try to plot. He laughs at our pathetic and childish attempts to live independent of Him. We have forgotten He is on His throne. He is sovereign God who has the last say in all things that go on in each of our lives and in the nations. Yes, God looks down and laughs and scoffs at all the so-called clever and smart plans which are independent of Him.
Psalm 2:4 which says, “But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.”, give us a picture of a nation, and a world struggling in its own godless living. In this chaotic world, the Psalmist admonishes us to pray for our leaders to be wise, to be pure and to take shelter in Him.
“Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. 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: 10-12 NLT).
Prayer for Today
Our heavenly Father, You are worthy of all our praise. We praise You Lord Jesus, You are the Anointed One. You sit enthroned in the Heavens. You are King. All nations of the world belong to You. Our reverent fear for You bring us joy. You are worthy of our affection and adoration. You are worthy of our worship and our service.
Lord, the world despises us and have no regard for us because we love and worship You. When the world mocks us, they are mocking you. They laugh at holy living and they hate truth. They jeer at the idea of a crucified Messiah because they see it as weakness. The powerful leaders of the world have counselled together to push You out. They do it all in rage.
Lord, You are not disturbed or alarmed by puny actions. From Your heavenly throne, You laugh. Lord, we pray for all our leaders in our nations. Help them to recognise that You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. You will judge the nations one day.
Lord, help us to be steadfast and unmovable in the face of adversity. We thank you, You are our refuge and strength. Help us to submit to You and serve You each day of our lives.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.
诗篇2:4 说：“那坐在天上的必发笑；主必嗤笑他们。” 这给了我们一幅有关一个国家、世界在自己不敬神的生活中挣扎活着的画面。在这个混乱的世界里，诗人告诫我们要为我们的领袖祷告，好让他们有智慧、纯正并安身在祂的蔽护下。