What more can be learned from these first handful of verses of the second Psalm?
It is clear upon reading the first four verses of Psalm 2 that the kings and rulers of the earth raged and plotted and conspired because they no longer wanted to be accountable to God, and desired to declare their independence from Him. Whether consciously or unconsciously many an individual is guilty of the selfsame plotting and scheming against God as the rulers of the earth are.
Just look around, and you’ll see this spirit taking hold not only of nations, but of churches, and individuals, wherein they no longer want to be associated with the Christ, they no longer want to declare their loyalty to Him, they just want to be free to do as they desire.
In the end, this is what declaring one’s independence from God really means. It means that the decision was consciously made to remove oneself from beneath God’s covering and protection, just so they could do as they please, live as they please, and act as they please without that nagging feeling of God’s eye upon them.
Seeing as this pertains to those who desire independence from God, I wanted to look at this verse from a different angle to see how it might pertain to those of us who will choose faithfulness, and obedience, and devotion to God no matter how many choose to attempt to do away with Him.
It is inevitable and logical that life for those of us desiring to live for truth will grow harder and harder, because the more men hate God and turn their hearts against Him, the more they will persecute His true servants and do what they can to do away with them as well.
The world cannot hate God and love us. If God’s nature is in us, if the Spirit of God is indwelling in our hearts and as servants of the most High we strive to be more like Jesus, the world will inevitably associate us with the God they hate and hate us just as passionately as it hates Him.
This is why I find it troublesome when the world falls in love with one or another of our preachers and embraces him and elevates him and praises him as an oasis of reason amidst a sea of irrationality.
Men today will try anything except for submitting to God and obeying Him. Even the most outlandish plans are tried by those desperate enough to resort to desperate measures, but when someone has the insight to say that perhaps the remedy for what ails us lies in turning back toward the God we abandoned, the reaction is swift and violent.
What the world today fails to understand is that true freedom is achieved through submission and not through rebellion.
Other than seeing that God hears, is engaged, and is neither indifferent nor too busy to care, what more can we perceive and understand of His nature and His glorious attributes?
Even though God laughs, it is not because someone told a funny joke, or because He saw something amusing, his laugh is not one of mirth, but one of derision and irony as He beholds the rulers of the earth attempting to counsel together against Him.
God is not perturbed by the noises of the squeaky wheels, or by their exaggerated fist shaking at His expense. Seeing how animated some people get protesting the notion of God, or trying to convince others of God’s nonexistence, you’d think they thought they were hurting God’s feelings by how angry they are.
God laughs when kings and rulers plot against him, never mind some infinitesimally less relevant twenty something who thinks they are edgy because they hold up some sign or another. They scream and wave and shake their fists, and God laughs holding them in derision.
In his rebellion man desires to make God in his own image, and in a vivid show of madness begins to demand that the one true God act and react in accordance with the image they created. Many do the same with the Word of God, not seeing what it says, but seeing what they want it to say, and when you hear some men try to explain a simple, straightforward Biblical passage that they've reinterpreted through the prism of their own understanding, you can’t help but stand there and scratch your head wondering just how they were able to get to where they got based on the verses they’d just quoted.
Have you ever, perchance heard an individual say ‘I don’t feel that’s really a sin,’ even though the Bible clearly says it is? If you have, then you've just witnessed someone declaring their independence from God.
We submit to God in all things not just some things. We obey His Word not only when it suits our interests or when it is in harmony with how we’d like God to act in a certain instance, but even when it’s detrimental to our flesh or we might suffer loss because of it.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.