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Psalm 2:1-3: Why do the Nations Rage?

Psalm 2:1–3
[1] Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? [2] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, [3] “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” (ESV)

This Psalm opens with a very apt word; "why." Why do the nations rage against God? Why do nations set themselves up against the Lord and His ways? We know that blessing comes from the Lord. Following His ways brings contentment and peace. Yet, nation after nation sets itself up as being stronger and wiser than the one who alone allows them to even exist.

As you look back over the millennia of time you see nation after nation ruled by godless leaders and following ungodly wisdom. There are a few exceptions in history where a nation sought the Lord. When they did they found peace and prosperity. I think of the United Sates of America is the greatest recent example. Sadly, we seem to have wandered from our godly roots and we are seeing the moral decay that results from abandoning God and choosing to rage against Him.

The Psalmist describes these rulers as wanting to "burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us." What are these bonds? The bonds refer to the restrictions of God's Law. God's Law was given to be a guideline to help people to love God and to love each other. Virtues like honesty, integrity, and love were to strengthen and help people. These foolish rulers and kingdoms view God's bonds of love as bonds that restrict them from doing their own selfish thing. In the next few verses we will look at God's response to these foolish nations and their leaders.

Why do you think nations rage against God's perfect Law? Why do you rebel against it? Ask the Lord to show you areas of your heart that are in rebellion to him and submit to his cords of love.


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