Psalm:2 is a very interesting psalm for many reasons. Here we will look at this Psalm from one angle and I pray that the Lord teaches us something from this. We believe that the scripture is breathed by the Holy Spirit. But does that belief hold good in this psalm? There seem to be many Speakers also involved here. One main person is speaking but he quotes many others in this chapter. Let’s take a look to see who they are and who the main Speaker is.
Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? Psa 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Here the Speaker is displeased with a set of people who are imagining a vain thing. They are thinking and planning and building up hope for a futile thing. He quotes them saying...
Psa 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
In simple words, the people want to do away with God. The Speaker continues to show us God’s reaction to these peoples views. Note: The Speaker seems to be able to see God’s reactions and hear God’s voice! Also, note that we are able to know God’s reaction and also know about His words only with the help of this Speaker.
Psa 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Psa 2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
God, the Father who is seated on his throne is highly displeased and is angry with these people. God speaks and the Speaker quotes...
Psa 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
God speaks and tells us that He has set a King on His Holy Hill. A new character is introduced here. Who is this King? When we continue, we see that suddenly that King speaks andSpeaker quotes him... Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me,...
The King says that he would “declare” (make known) the “decree” (the law or commandment) that God (who appointed Him) gave Him. Here now is a quote within a quote. The King quotes what God tells Him (and Speaker quotes HIm)...
Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Thus, within this quote, we have the identity of the King. God called Him His Son. Though the Old Testament people did not have the concept of the Son of God, we who have received the revelation of the New Testament, now understand that the “Son” refers none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. So these essentially are the words of Jesus Christ, which He spoke even before he was born on this earth, quoted to us by the Speaker. Jesus continues to quote God and the Speaker quotes...
Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Psa 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
With this, our Lord Jesus ends his quote of the Father. The Speaker also closes His quote on Jesus Christ. Then...
Psa 2:10 Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Now the Speaker is giving His counsel to the rulers of this world.There are two pieces of advice. But who is the Speaker who also seems to be a counselor?
Psa 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
The first advice from the Speaker is to serve God. Which means that the Speaker is not God.
Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.
The second advice is to kiss the Son to be saved from His anger. Thus the Speaker is not Jesus Christ either. The Speaker has a good fellowship with the Father and the Son. He also is a counselor as we can see above. Who then could He be but the one and only Holy Spirit. The Wonderful Counselor. Here is a counsel from Him to all of us.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.