Wednesday, October 19, 2011
1 Why do the nations conspire[a]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron[b];
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 2 is one of my all time favorites, and captures the essence of God’s majesty. If one takes the time to meditate on the words of this psalm, one would come away with the sense of how much god is in control of the situation here on earth, as well as his day to day interactions in the affairs of men. This is very different from the picture the modern Church paints of God, and that is one of distance and permissiveness.
Many would argue against this position and claim “But the church does teach of a personal relationship with Jesus”. I will agree that many of the churches mouth these words, but their actions spell out another reality. Too many churches are filled with busybodies, gossips, slanderers and malcontents, and many that go to church every Sunday, live like a devil the other 6 days of the week. Some churches do not support the pro life position, and some churches openly embrace homosexuality as a real option. The harshest words that come from these churches are reserved for those who actually stand up for Biblical truth, and are labeled extremists, heretics, troublemakers and haters.
IF the Church and the average Christian truly understood the true nature of God, and God’s intimate involvement in the day to day activities of our lives, we would live each day very differently than what we are able to observe. We would be fighting for the right to life like it actually matters. There wouldn’t be people sleeping in on the weekends and making up every excuse in the book to stay away from the killing fields, and allowing pro deathers to continue to be re elected cycle after cycle.
We would be actively fighting against homosexual marriages and be out there actively evangelizing this group. We would lovingly, but firmly resolve to follow Gospel principles in spite of the consequences, and we would be able to relate modern problems with the sin listed in Scripture as God has laid it out. Instead by our collective silence, and attempts to be ‘tolerant’, we sell these people and the babies out, and act like god is not paying attention, and take on an ‘it doesn’t matter’ attitude about things.
WE would fear God way more than the human institutions that currently want to rule over our day to day lives. These institutions try to take on this role, by watching and regulating nearly everything we do. Too many Christians go along with this, without questioning how vile and evil this is, while trashing those who attempt to live by the gospel. So, one may claim they see and want a personal relationship with God and Jesus, but most of these same people acquiesce to the state and human institutions that attempt to rewrite God’s laws into their own image, and hear nothing more than an occasional peep from the believer.
God’s Majesty ‘laughs’ at the foolishness of man’s conspiring against his will. Man’s efforts will come to nothing in the end, and those who remain faithful will be justly rewarded for their efforts. God is in total control, and always has been, and always will be. Those who put their faith in man's efforts and structures will be on the wrong side of history. Soon, we will see just how majestic God really is, and He will come across as the very supreme being He is, and there will be no mistaking the authority and power He really has, and the worship He deserves. We need to make sure we are on the right side of history, and not fall into the complacency trap that most of our fellow believers are now in. We are on the winning side, and ought to act like it. This evil has its season, but this season is coming to a quick conclusion. May we not get caught up in the hype and lose our way when we are so close to victory.