Happy New Year and a blessed Lord’s Day to you! This is day 1 of the NT17 Bible reading & devotional program.
Remember that I’ve only committed to publishing a devotional on Monday through Friday this year, so some weekends you may get devotionals from me and other times you will just get a link to the readings for the day.
Also, recall that in this program we’re reading the New Testament from Monday through Friday, a few Proverbs on Saturday and the Psalms on Sunday.
So, here we go! Today’s reading is Psalm 1-3.
As you may have heard, here in the United States we are in the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency. His administration is winding down and Donald Trump is preparing his administration to take over. Other nations sometimes use transitional times like this to test a new administration.
Here in Psalm 2, a new king is coming to the throne in Israel. That’s what verse 6 means when it says, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” When verses 1-2 describe a “plot” and say that “the kings of the earth rise up and band together,” the Psalmist is describing a potential threat, a possible test of Israel’s new king from her enemies.
Because of God’s covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David, the king over Israel is God’s king. Attacks against him are attacks “against the Lord and against his anointed” (v. 2c). God responded to these plots with laughter and resistance (vv. 4-6), by affirming that the new king belongs to him and will receive his protection and military blessing (vv. 7-9). The Lord then called on the other nations of the earth to “serve the Lord” (v. 11) and make nice with his king (v. 12).
Jesus, of course, was the ultimate fulfillment of this passage as the writer of Hebrews suggested in Hebrews 1:5. While other kings who followed in David’s line were called God’s “son” (v. 7a, 12a) only Jesus has eternally been the son of God. This Psalm, then, prophesied the coming of Christ who will reign on David’s throne forever. It prophesies anger and destruction for his enemies (vv. 4-5, 9-10) and urges everyone to bow in worship and service before him (vv. 10-12).
By grace we have come to worship the son as we wait for his coming and his kingdom. Let this psalm encourage you as we prepare to gather to worship the Lord this morning.