"Now therefore, kings, be wise. Be warned, rulers of the earth. Serve Yahweh with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him." - Psalm 2:10-12
Along with Psalm 1, this psalm sets the tone for the entire book of Psalms. Psalm 1 is about what attitude we are to have towards God's word. Psalm 2 is a summary of the story God's word reveals. It is the biblical story in a nutshell. It tells of the climactic war between the rebellious world and the righteous Creator and his Messiah-Son. The kings and rulers of the earth are warned one final time. If they do not kiss the Son and take refuge in him, they are toast. Time is running out.
I love this psalm because it shows that the coming of the King, the Messiah, is really what the Bible is all about. Everything else is secondary. It also shows that each one of us has a choice to make about this King. We are to kiss the King in homage. If we persist in rebelling against him, we are goners. Taking refuge in the Son, believing into him, is our only hope.
Father, remind the world that time is running out. Draw those with humble hearts to your Son, that they may take refuge in him before it's too late. Give us confidence and courage to proclaim the good news of Jesus. May we invite everyone we have contact with to believe into the Son. In Jesus' name, amen.
- Jeff Coleman