The Kingdom Foretold – The Son of God
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and his Anointed One ( The Messiah – The Christ ): “Let’s tear off their chains and throw their ropes off of us.”
The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. Then he speaks to them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath: “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will declare the Lord’s decree. He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with an iron scepter; you will shatter them like pottery.”
So now, kings, be wise; receive instruction, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling. Pay homage to the Son or he will be angry and you will perish in your rebellion, for his anger may ignite at any moment. All who take refuge in him are happy.
Pastor John’s Notes:
Here is what God spoke to his Son Jesus Christ! This is his coronation as king. This Psalm was written by David whom God had anointed king as a young boy, even while a corrupt King Saul reigned on the throne. David knew what it meant to be anointed, that God would begin to work through the circumstances of his life to bring victory and cause him to become king over all God’s people. So Jesus was anointed by God as an eternal king and given authority over all the nations.
Here also is a warning to all earthly kings who refuse to acknowledge the authority of God’s Anointed. They are to serve God’s anointed with reverence and trembling. So must we all, for there is great joy in serving him, but also great peril in defying him.
Lord Jesus, I celebrate your coronation as God’s chosen king. No one is worthy of this title but you alone. While the world resists you, I welcome you. Take your rightful place as king over my life. Show me how I can live as a faithful citizen of your kingdom.