Psalm 2 builds a crescendo to the final impact statement, “Blessed are all who take refuge in him (v. 12).” Why is this statement so important? David sets the scene in the first three verses. The nations are raging. They are coming against the Lord and plotting how they will destroy the Lord’s people.
It is profitable to read Acts 4:23-31 to see that even in the New Testament Church, things have not changed. What happened in David’s day, happens in the Church. The year 2020 is a year in the United States that exemplifies this. Certain Governors (not all) have done their best to shut down the local churches in their states.
David, in this Psalm, explains God’s response. God laughs at their futile attempts and proclaims that His King (the Messiah) would be set in Zion on the Holy Hill. David concludes that it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to rebel against Him.
This truth propelled the apostles in Acts 4 to gather with the other believers. The Church’s response was to pray. Psalm 2 is the foundation of their prayer. They prayed in light of the threats made toward them asking God to give them boldness to speak the name of Jesus.
How do you take refuge in the Lord? The answer is located in verses 10-12.
- Be wise. Take the knowledge you have and rightly apply it to your life.
- Be instructed. You do not know it all. Learning is a life-long journey.
- Serve the Lord. Let go of your ambitions and surrender all that you have and all that you are to the control of the Lord.
- Rejoice. Be filled with joy. There is no reason to be afraid when you take refuge in the Lord.
- Kiss the Son. Embrace Jesus Christ. Depend upon Him. Don’t be ashamed of Him.
Let’s Talk About It
Considering the five characteristics of taking refuge in the Lord, where do you struggle?…which do you use the most?