I have always been fascinated by the differences between the way individuals act as compared with nations. By this I mean that as individuals we can recognise and feel the need to act on issues such as fossil fuel consumption and pollution, world poverty and hunger and human rights issues. However as Nations, our responses are sluggish at best and far more often, we don’t respond at all. I have been struck by the current relevance of verse 3 in the passage below. Our state (Great Britain) has sought to secularise the government, our schools and hospitals, our work places and society in general. It has sought to free itself from slavery to God. But the rights to freedom of religious expression are still, nominally in place for the individual. The results of this attempt to remove God from public life are clear to be seen. The family unit and local community is in decline everywhere. A whole generation has grown up, and now have children of their own, without having shared, reliable moral and social guidelines. I don’t say these things to condemn, I say them as one of that generation whose parents and teachers turned their backs on God.
Psalms 2:1-6 NLT
1 Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my
chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”
Today’s goal is to give thanks to the Lord that he has called me to him and given me the means to know who he is and what he wants of me. All I want to do is try to help anyone who is struggling to find their way to a better relationship with the Lord. This Psalm is actually twelve verses long but I chose to comment only on the first half for the sake of the TWG format. If you have time, do read it all. The second half speaks of the Lord’s son in anticipation of Jesus and ends with this wonderful line: But what joy for all who take refuge in him! (Psalm 2:12)
2 Kings 23:31-25:30, Acts 22:17-23:10, Psalms 2:1-12, Proverbs 18:13