Posts by John Longmire

Posts by John Longmire

The Happiness of Jesus’ Followers – Psalm 2:12

The Reading All who take refuge in him are happy. (Psalm 2:12) Reflection There is great joy in following Jesus Christ. He is not like the current rulers on earth who are often lacking in wisdom and holiness. Worldly rulers often disappoint us, even when we favor them, but Jesus Christ is worthy of our full allegiance. He will never disappoint us, but will always lead us forward toward the best of outcomes. Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, how happy I…

Paying Homage to the Son – Psalm 2:10-12

The Reading 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. (Psalm 2:10-12) Reflection Jesus Christ is a great king. He is gentle and kind to all those who turn to him in genuine repentance and humility. But he is also a…

The Inheritance of Christ – Psalm 2:8-9

The Reading 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.” (Psalm 2:8-9) Reflection God has given the nations to his Son. We are his inheritance. The kingdom of God is composed of people of all nations and races. His kingdom will never end; this is the meaning of the iron scepter. It cannot be broken.…

The King is God’s Son – Psalm 2:6-7

The Reading “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. (Psalm 2:6-7) Reflection God has decided to reign over his people through His chosen king. God relates to this king as father relates to his son. The writer of this psalm, who is king David, enjoyed this relationship with God, but this psalm is also a foretelling of…

God Laughs – Psalm 2:2-5

The Reading The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and his Anointed One: “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. (Psalm 2:2-5) Reflection Here is one of the rare places in Scripture where we see God laughing. The idea that the leaders…

The Foolishness of the Nations – Psalm 2:1-2

The Reading 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. (Psalm2:1-2) Reflection Psalm 2 is a royal psalm, a category that celebrates the rule of God’s anointed king. The term “anointed” in the original language of the Bible is “Messiah.” The word “Christ” is a Greek translation of the word “Messiah,” so when we refer to Jesus…