Psalm 2 begins with a very important question. “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain”? God is in control. His will is the outcome yet people still try and challenge and resist it. That began in the Garden of Eden with Satan himself, and it continues today and will until the end times. We can plot and scheme and try to do all sorts of things, but God is in charge. His will is the way things happen. His will determines it all, yet mankind continues to deceive itself into thinking they have some control. They believe they can plot and take charge.
God’s response? “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision”. God doesn’t just dismiss the attempts of man and even Satan to destroy His people and His plan. He sits in heaven, first of all. He isn’t just down the block or around the corner. That in itself should give us pause to stop and consider our actions and reactions to God and what He is up to. When we attempt to tell Him what to do, or tell Him what we are not going to do, we need to stop a second and think about who we are talking with and trying to boss around. God sits in heaven. He created heaven. It is His place and it gives us a great picture of just who we are dealing with.
But beyond that – God’s response is one of laughter and mockery. He ridicules the thought of anyone destroying His plan or His people. That is, unless He allows it. God is fully in control. He absolutely is running the show. And when we take any steps that attempt to change that reality – God’s response is to laugh. God is in charge – the question really comes down to whether or not we spend our time lining up with His will and what He is up to. We can spend our time wandering trying to do things our way only to find out that God’s plan will prevail, or we can spend time listening and seeking God’s direction and aligning our life with His plan and benefiting from living that way. Our choice – one is full of joy – the other frustration. But we get to choose. The kings in this chapter let pride in self and focus on their desires take them down a path toward destruction. We don’t have to follow that road.
We are given the secret to living life the way God desires: “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son….Blessed are all who take refuge in him”. Let’s face it – the formula is pretty simple. We need to put God where He belongs – as the king of our lives – sitting on the throne leading us moment by moment. I live how it says “kiss the Son” here. We are to embrace our relationship with Jesus. We are to not hide it and put it under a bushel, but live it fully and make it central to all we do and are. Success in living really comes down to knowing where we fit – and it is not at the top of the pyramid. God is in charge – we need to serve Him, love Him, and follow His guidance. When we do we will be blessed indeed!