7 I will declare the decree: the LORD
hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the
heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth
for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of
iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 ¶ Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be
instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye
perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed
are all they that put their trust in him. (Psalm 2)
Men, creatures of the
earth, plan, hope, scheme, devise. They have ambitions, goals,
objectives. God, the Creator, decrees. Some of men’s plans are
worthy, some unworthy, some successful, some failures; yet men do
their utmost to make them succeed. God does not simply plan . . . He
decrees. He does not simply attempt to implement His decree. It is
sovereign, and He has the power to bring it to pass. His decree is
not merely good: It is perfect. Let us consider it.
He first declares the
deity, the divinity of Christ. Jesus is the begotten Son of God.
This must be the moral foundation of God’s decree concerning Jesus
Christ, for if Christ be not truly God, then He has no right to the
honors about to be bestowed upon Him. If we deny the Godhood of the
Saviour, we destroy the foundation and reason of Christian hope. But
if we establish it, then it is incumbent upon all men to receive Him
God then declares the
Lordship of Christ. He is His Son, and His inheritance is the
nations of the earth. He owns not only those who love Him, but those
who hate Him. All the earth is His possession, and it is within the
scope of His right and power to do as He pleases. None but the
Father can limit the Hand of the Son in judgment, and the Father has
committed it all to Christ.
In our popular
preoccupation with the goodness, the love of God, His willingness to
save all who come to Him, we must not forget that there is something
to be saved from. God’s goodness and love is always set against
the background of His justice and wrath. Men in their natural state
are in rebellion against God, and so the first word of which they are
conscious if God’s decree is this: “They shall be broken with
a rod of iron; they shall be dashed in pieces like a potter’s
vessel.”This is the prospect facing all men when they
receive God’s command to repent.
In view of such a decree
by such a God, men are urged to wisdom. “Abandon your foolish
destructive course, you kings and judges of the earth. You may have
done what you pleased among men, but now you face a thrice-holy God,
and He will have nothing but unquestioned submission and obedience.”
“You may have never feared men or beast, but please know that the
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” All who do not fear
Him live a fool’s life and die a fool’s death.
The blessed person is
the wise one who puts his trust in the Lord. “Kiss the Son.”
Receive Him as your King. Love Him with all your heart. He is your
Owner. He must be your Judge. He will be your Saviour if you will
be His willing servant.