From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Simon Lee
Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,
Psalm 2 was probably written by David (as indicated in Acts 4:25, 26) for his “son” (2:7), Solomon, in his coronation (2 Sam 7:12-16). If this indeed is the situation, then we will recall that Solomon’s own brother twice attempted to seize power from Solomon (I Kings 1:5-53; 2:13-25). Is this alluded to in the “plot” against the Lord and his anointed? (Ps. 2:1-3) When the psalm was used in subsequent coronations, then the enemy nations, “the Gentiles and the raging nations,” that surrounded Israel must then be in view. Indeed, the promise found in Ps. 2:6: “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill” must be applied to all the kings in subsequent coronations since Solomon’s coronation.
The Messianic King as seen in Jesus Christ
Ultimately in the time of the messianic King, the Lord Jesus Christ, the threat against the king would then be applied to King Herod and Pontius Pilate, the people who set themselves against Christ. We recall the visit of the magi from the East who came looking for the one that is born the King of the Jews. King Herod was so fearful when he heard the news that he tried to pretend that he too would want to worship this king and urged the wise men to come back to report to him on the whereabout of Jesus after they have found him. When Herod realised that he was outwitted by the magi, he massacred all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity that were two years old and under. Jesus and his parents became refugees to Egypt before this horrible genocide took place.
The prophetic voice of Ps. 2 is seen again in v. 7 – 9: “… You are my Son, today I have begotten you…” In the life and reign of Christ, we cannot fail to see the correspondence of this to the unique relationship between Jesus and His Father, for Jesus was born of God (Luke 1:32-35; cf. Acts 13:33; Heb. 1:5, 5:5). In the baptism of Jesus, a voice from heaven clearly declared, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt. 3:17). Christ was the ultimate ideal king, saviour and Lord who was to come to save His people forever.
The final fulfilment of royal psalms
We also see allusions to Christ’s reign over the nations (cf. Rev. 2:27; 12:5; 19:15), which we Christians now clearly understand refers to the spiritual reign of the heavenly kingdom which Christ came to establish. Rev. 22:1-8 records for us the final fulfillment of the royal psalms: a new heaven and new earth where God’s Son Jesus Christ will reign forever.
Here lies the ultimate hope we have in the reign of Jesus the Messianic king, bringing an end to all evils and suffering of humankind. The Messiah king will triumph over all who are against Him, and He will bless His own people: 11Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling. 12Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” (Ps. 2:11,12)
Application to us today
Today, in the midst of all the natural disasters and human conflicts as a result of the injustice and power struggles around the world, we may pose the same questions that the psalmist asked of God starting with the word “why?” I am amused to see the words: “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury…” (Ps. 2:4,5). God laughs at the follies of men which led Him to show His anger. Whatever led us to the present devastation we are experiencing, let us remember Christ is still king and sovereign over all. Let us take refuge in Him and be blessed. Crown Him with many crowns!
Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Simon Lee