PSALM 2 - Rebellion 3 Nov 2019
This psalm does not feel like a song. It is more a prophecy. The nations are in rebellion to God. Princes plot together against Jahweh. To me this sounds like a war in the "heavenly domains".
Christians and also Jews read in this psalm a messianic prophecy.
We are instructed to be submissive to Yahweh.
"How blessed are those who take refuge in him!"
1 Why this uproar among the nations,
this impotent muttering of the peoples?
2 Kings of the earth take up position,
princes plot together against Yahweh and his anointed,
3 'Now let us break their fetters!
Now let us throw off their bonds!'
4 He who is enthroned in the heavens laughs,
Yahweh makes a mockery of them,
5 then in his anger rebukes them,
in his rage he strikes them with terror.
6 'I myself have anointed my king on Zion my holy mountain.'
7 I will proclaim the decree of Yahweh: He said to me,
'You are my son, today have I fathered you.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the nations as your birthright,
the whole wide world as your possession.
9 With an iron sceptre you will break them,
shatter them like so many pots.'
10 So now, you kings, come to your senses,
you earthly rulers, learn your lesson!
11 In fear be submissive to Yahweh;
12 with trembling kiss his feet,
lest he be angry and your way come to nothing,
for his fury flares up in amoment.
How blessed are all who take refuge in him!
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.