Psalms 2:1-5, why do the nations rage, and the peoples meditate on a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers plot together, against Jehovah and against His anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands in two and cast away their cords from us. 4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; Jehovah shall mock at them. 5 Then He shall speak to them in His anger, and trouble them in His wrath.
King David starts with a rhetorical question to lead His exhortation. Why do the nations rage? In the King James Version it’s written: why do the heathens rage? Heathen nations sums up all in the world who are opposed to God the Father, and since they are opposed to God the Father, then they are also opposed to Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit; and if they are opposed to Christ and the spirit, then they are opposed to the people of God as well. Christ said in:
John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which no other did, they would not have had sin. But now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father.
Matthew 10:22 And you will be hated of all men for My name’s sake, but the one who endures to the end shall be kept safe.
All men sin and will be judged by God, but great calamity waits for the one who hears of God and Christ and continues in his personal hate toward them. All men of all nations naturally rage against the concept of God. Their natural rage may not always manifest radically, or obviously; but nevertheless, it is deep within all men’s heart to refuse God. The heathen are lovers of themselves and whatever is convenient to them. God’s sovereign rule is not convenient to the heathen because it commands from them something they are not willing to follow; and that is following God’s commandments. Neither is it convenient for them because God requires from them something they are not willing to do; and that is to repent of their sins to abide by a holy moral and ethical standard. It is also less convenient to them because God demands something from the heathen which they are absolutely opposed to doing; and that is surrendering their will to the will of a more superior being requiring faith and obedience to a Holy King who they cannot sense with their natural perceptions; such a concept to the heathen is foolishness, but to us who are the simple sheep of Christ; it is our salvation.
Proverbs 8:36 reads; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all who hate me love death.
The sinners life does nothing to hurt the emotions of God, neither does it contribute by any means to the obstruction of God’s sovereign will or plan. But the sinner’s life is one which self defeats its self. To live a life of continual stubbornness only contributes to the destruction of its own soul; it is physical and spiritual suicide.
The natural remedy of the unbeliever is just as it is written in verse 2; the kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers plot together, against Jehovah and against His anointed. We can see the works of the heathen all throughout history up to our current day of how they attempt to rid themselves from God on earth. From Governments to public schools the image of God is suppressed. From Governments to public schools the people of God and American Churches are censored from inspiring true morality from God’s laws. Regardless of how much suppression and censorship; the world will never forget how the heathen Jews set themselves and plotted together to murder their own King Jesus Christ. Yet it was predestined by God to happen and Jesus Christ said that no one takes His life from Him but He gives it up willingly; because at any time Christ may have called an Army of angels to deliver Him. But the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the victory against His enemies. It is prophesied that the enemies of God will make war with Him, but He will overcome them along with us; His people who are called the called, elect, and faithful ones.
Revelations 17:14 these will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them; for He is Lord of lords and King of kings. And those with Him are the called and elect and faithful ones.
David writes in verse four and five that, then God will sit in heaven and laugh and mock his enemies and their plots and their actions against the King of kings; and God will reveal His anger toward them as He speaks. This of course is anthropopathy language, which consists of phrases depicting human emotions being used to describe God for the purpose of communication between man’s finite minds understanding the infinite mind of God. But this does testify to God’s displeasure with the wicked, and God’s anger which He reveals to man throughout the course of their lives.
Deuteronomy 29:24 reads; even all nations shall say, why has Jehovah done this to this land? For what is the heat of this great anger?
This shows us that God’s anger is revealed to the world through the calamities of life. This is a sharp contrast to what King David wrote in Psalms chapter one compared to chapter two. In chapter one David began to reveal how blessed those are who believe in the LORD; followed by the disposition of those who do not. We gain nothing by resisting the LORD, but we gain everything by submitting to the LORD. King David finishes Psalms chapter two with verses 10-12, which reads:
Psalms 2:10-12 and now be wise, O kings; be instructed, O judges of the earth. 11 Serve Jehovah with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled in but a little time. Blessed are all who put their trust in Him.