PSALM 2 Jesus – The King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Verse 1-2 is a Messianic prophecy that has been fulfilled when “Herod, Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together” against Jesus whom they crucified. Reference: Acts 4:25-28
The word “Anointed” in verse 2 means “Messiah” in Hebrew. Jesus is the long-waited Messiah whom the Jews did not receive and crucified. But God was with Jesus and raised Him from the dead.
The Jews rejected Jesus to be their king and hated him and did not want Him to reign over them. “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14). Jesus came to His own (the nation of Israel) but His own did not receive Him. (John 1:11). How about you? Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
Reference: John 1:12-13
The Lord will laugh at anyone who will reject His Son. And His wrath will hang upon them. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father.
“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him” (John 5:20-23).
How about you? Do you honor the Son just as you honor the Father? Many people use Jesus’ name in vain as a curse word. God will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. The Third Commandment forbids us to take the name of God in vain. Reference: Exodus 20:7.
God has exalted His Son and made Him the “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”. One day every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father even the God-haters; the atheists; the agnostics; and the vilest of sinners. Have you submitted to Jesus, your King?
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).
“And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:16).
“He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’— as I also have received from My Father” (Rev. 2:27).
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim. 1:17).
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).
“Kiss the Son” means do “homage” to the Son, that is show special honor and respect to Jesus the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. The word “trust” means to confide in and take refuge in. Let us confide in Christ and take refuge in Christ. He is the only way we can be justified before God. He is our righteousness. Let us forsake sin and put our trust in Him.
Note: Psalm 2 and Isaiah 53 is a great chapter to share with Jews to show them Christ from their Old Testament.
The word “Blessed” in Psalm 1:1 means happiness or blessedness. Indeed, happy is the man who does not walk in the advice or the way of the ungodly.
Reference: Prov. 4:14, Rom. 12:1-2
Our delight and pleasure ought to be in the Word of God and we ought to meditate on the Word of God day and night.
Reference: Psalm 119:14;16;35, Josh. 1:8
As we abide in Christ and in His Word, we will bear much fruit. God will bless the works of our hands.
Reference: John 15:5-8, Psalm 92:12-14, Jer. 17:7-8
The ungodly are not like the righteous. They do not abide in Christ, who is the true vine. And they are cast out as a branch and are withered and will be cast into everlasting fire. They are like worthless chaff.
Reference: Jer. 17:5-6, John 15:6, Job 21:18
The ungodly will not be able to withstand during the Day of Judgement and will be cast away forever from the presence of the righteous.
Reference: Psalm 5:4-6, Matt. 22:13
The Lord approves and delights in the way of the righteous. But the way of the ungodly shall perish. Reference: Psalm 37:18, Nah. 1:7, John 10:14, 2 Tim. 2:19
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:1-5).
For today's meditation, we will be looking at Psalm 103:1-5. Psalm 103 is one of my favorite Psalms among many. Psalm 103:1-5 gives us 5 things to be thankful and it is an excellent reminder as we approach Thanksgiving.
The first thing we are exhorted is to praise the Lord. Our hearts should always abound with thanksgiving and praises to the Lord. The Bible says:
"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name" (Heb. 13:15).
The second exhortation is that we should not forget all His benefits toward us. By nature, we are a forgetful people. But that ought not to be so. The Bible says:
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name" (Psalm 100:4).
Than we are given five things to be thankful for in verse 3-5.
1. We are to be thankful for the forgiveness we have in Christ.
That is the greatest blessing. David cries out:
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit" (Psalm 32:1-2).
2. We are to be thankful for good health.
Good health is a blessing for God and we should never take our health for granted. God does not guarantee healing every time we get sick; but when we do get sick and recover, it is because God has healed us. Sometimes God lets us get sick for God can even use sickness for our good and for our sanctification. God works through medicine and doctors to heal us.
"O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me" (Psalm 30:2).
3. We are to be thankful for God redeeming our life from destruction.
Many times we wander astray like lost sheep and like the prodigal son. But Christ is the Good Shepherd of the sheep (John 10:11) and He cares for each of His sheep and will seek out His sheep till He finds it. Christ cares for each of His sheep not only as a group but also individually. Each of Christ's sheep is very precious in His sight.
"Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses" (Psalm 107:13).
4. We are to be thankful for God's lovingkindess and tender mercies.
God's mercies are great. God does not give us what we deserve. His grace is unmerited and undeserved. The Bible says:
"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust" (Psalm 103:8-14).
5. We are to be thankful for God's provision.
We need to be thankful for God's providing for us all that we need such as food, clothing, and housing.
"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1).
Indeed God is very faithful and that is a cause for thanksgiving. Even "If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself" (2 Tim. 2:13). His mercies are new every morning and great is His Faithfulness.
"Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22-23).
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper" (Psalm 1:1-3).
Today's meditation is Psalm 1. In Psalm 1 we are exhorted not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly. We are not to be conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2). But we are to be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29). We learn that we should delight in the law of the Lord and we should meditate in it day and night.
The Lord spoke to Joshua saying:
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success" (Josh. 1:8).
God promises that when we meditate in His word, we shall bear fruit. Jesus said:
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples" (John 15:7-8).
Are you abiding in Christ and in His word? Are you meditating in His word? If not, start today. Don't delay. Start first thing in the morning to mediate in His word and throughout the day. And than you will find His peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7).