Smithereens

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.
Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron, you will dash them to pieces like pottery. Psalm 2:7-9

For some time now in this passage, the unrighteous have been flaunting their arrogance at the Lord, but now another character emerges: the Son. It is clearly a reference to the pre-incarnate Jesus (Jesus before he came to earth). The Lord is formally offering the nations and the ends of the earth to Jesus. It’s unclear, however, whether this is referencing the judgment of Christ after he returns a second time, though verse nine seems to indicate that.

In any event, the rebellion of the nations and their leaders will come to ruin. Jesus will crush them to pieces. All the arrogant and deceitful wrongs of these leaders will be smashed to pieces. Nothing will be overlooked.

While the action will be in the future, it should continue to give us hope that the Lord is still watching and very much in control. Think of the atrocities that rulers have committed against mankind even in our generation. He’s watching and waiting, watching and waiting.

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Yeah, Right!

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.” Psalm 1:4-6

God is not overly concerned about world events, about Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, and any number of nations who have rebelled against their Creator (including those in the West). He laughs at their arrogance and “self-sufficiency.”

It’s like the ant looking up at the human and shaking it’s ant-fist. What would it take for the human to just crush the ant? The will to do it mainly. Is it really any different than these leaders against God?

The Psalmist tells us that the Lord laughs at the leaders banding together against the Lord. He laughs because it would be incredible to even suggest that they would want to rise up.

In the end, though, they will be brought down.

It’s easy to fret about what’s happening around the world because we’re not in control of it. Fortunately, we know who is, and it isn’t any of the world leaders. The children’s song is as important now as when we sang it as kids.

He’s got the Whole World
In His hands
He’s got the whole wide world
in His hands
He’s got the whole world
in His hands

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The Bigger Picture

Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.” Psalm 2:1-3

It’s always fun to watch leaders try to defy God and his moral principles. They laugh because they’re now doing what they want to do without fear of immediate judgment or consequences. Unfortunately such actions aren’t reserved for godless heathen nations, but this kind of behavior is becoming more significant in the West. Because there are no consequences the leaders (and the people under them who demanded the actions) believe they they are “scot-free.”

Abortion and homosexuality are two such sins, though the World doesn’t consider them sins. They parade their lifestyle and “choice” for the world to see, and all the while thumbing their noses at God (or worse).

As we well know, God is very patient and tolerant. He doesn’t operate in our time frame, but His. Those sins and many more even heinous sins will come under judgment. It’s easy to lose heart because there are no consequences and very little to deter.

The Bigger Picture is being lived out even as we read this. God really does have it under control, and He can be trusted.

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Fleeting

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:4-6

The contrast between the wicked and the righteous is distinct. Even though there are times when it appears that the wicked are prospering and “getting away with murder,” Scripture clearly tells us that what we see is fleeting and there will be a judgment to come. We lose sight of that.

In fact, I think it’s very difficult to glimpse the eternal while we’re still on Earth. To start, we can’t see that which we’ve been promised. We know it’s true but we can’t see it.

Secondly, many things in life don’t seem right or just or fair. As mentioned above, we see the wicked prospering and wonder what’s taking God so long to judge them!

It’s important that we maintain a path “on the straight and narrow” in our Christian walk lest we become envious and discouraged by the temporal. The straight and narrow in this case are the disciplines and actions we’ve been practicing for a long time. They are the time-honored and God-honoring principles that have brought us this far.

God will bring judgment in due time, but until then we need to continue doing the things that please and honor Him.

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A Choice and A Habit

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. Psalms 1:3

The fruits of reading and meditating on the Word of God are subtle and not always apparent. The imagery of being fed and watered is apt because natural growth is subtle as well. But years of food and nourishment pay off in hefty dividends.

Daily study and meditation is a choice and a habit. There are many things that would keep us from this habit, but ultimately we must choose to sit down and make it happen.

I will say that the rewards are greater when the opposition is fiercer. If the enemy is trying to prevent you from spending time in the Word of God, he knows how the Word can transform your life and thinking. If he knows that, we should realize it even more.

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