Psalm 2 was written by David. If you read through the Psalms, you may notice that above verse 1 is a superscription. These were written by Jewish scholars thousands of years ago who would read each Psalm and add a commentary describing the Psalm. Sometimes they would contain instructions on how the Psalm was to be used. Sometimes they would write about when the psalm was written. Sometimes they would list the author of the Psalm.
In Psalm 2, there is no superscription. Perhaps Jewish scholars did not know who wrote this psalm. But if you turn to the New Testament, the Holy Spirit tells us that the author of the psalm is David.
Psalm 2 is a psalm about Jesus. In Acts 13, the apostle Paul was on his first missionary journey. He is in a synagogue in the city of Antioch, and as he discusses some things with the Jews, he directs their attention to the book of Psalms and said the following…
It is not only a psalm about Jesus, but it is a psalm about the worship and praise that we are to give to Jesus. In the book of Hebrews, reference is made to the worship of Jesus. To make the point that Jesus is deserving of our praise and worship, Psalm 2 is quoted.
In Psalm 2, Jesus is described is three different ways that underscores the reason why He is deserving of our worship.
Jesus is the Christ, but what the “Christ” mean? In the first chapter of John, you read about John the Baptist and two of his disciples who encounter Jesus. John the Baptist called their attention to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1.35). These two disciples leave John and start following Jesus. One of these two disciples is identified as Andrew, the brother of Peter. He goes and finds his brother, Peter, and he says to him in “We have found the Messiah.” Then the Holy Spirit by the hand of the apostle John adds this commentary, “which is translated Christ” (John 1.41).
In the Hebrews, the word is Messiah. In the New Testament, the word is “Christ.” They both mean “anointed.” When you refer to Jesus as the Christ, you are referring to Jesus as the Anointed One. Jesus is worthy of our worship because he is the Christ, the Anointed One.
God says that Jesus is His choice for the throne. To recognize Jesus as the King is to admit that we are His subjects. He is the One is in charge. He is the One who makes the rules. He is the One who determines what is morally right. He is the One who determines how we are to worship. He is the One who determines the kind of husband or wife we are to be. He is the One who determines the kind of language we are to use. Jesus is the One who makes those decisions because God put Him on the throne as King over the kingdom in which Christians are to be subject.
Jesus is worthy of worship because He is our King, and God is the One who put Him there.
In Psalm 2, we are reading a Psalm written by David about Jesus who is worthy of worship because He is the Anointed, the King, and the Son of God.
Psalms 2 begins by asking why the people of the world act this way. Why do people want to create such a fuss and stir? In the current political climate, you read about a riots and protests. That’s what is being described in this verse. Where is this anger being directed? Look at the next verse.
It says that they “set themselves.” The idea is that they took a stand against God and against Jesus. Whatever God said, they opposed it. Whatever God did, they stood against it. All this rioting and chaos is done to express their anger toward God.
It then says that “the rulers take counsel together.” The idea of taking counsel together is that they got together, discussed, and came up with a strategy on what to do about God and His Anointed.
Why were all these people expressing such rage and creating such a fuss against God? Why were they coming up with a plan against Jesus, the Anointed One? What are they saying in reference to God and His Anointed? The answer is in the next verse.
To put it simply, people were rioting, and expressing their rage against God and His Anointed One because they do not want to be told what to do and how to live. They were resisting God and the Laws of His Son.
People generally do not like to be told what to do. They pull at the cords and yank at the chain, trying to free themselves from the responsibilities that God has placed on them all the while raging against God and His Anointed who gave them those responsibilities.
When it comes to your morals, do you have the right to decide whether you are going to be a man or a woman? When it comes to your morals, do you have the right to decide the gender of the person you want to marry? Do you have the right to dictate the terms of your salvation? Do you have the right to decide how you are going to worship? Do you have the right to decide to withhold forgiveness when forgiveness is being sought from you? Do you have the right to treat others with hatred and bitterness?
We are all too eager to live our lives in submission to God, unless submitting to God means that you have to sacrifice what you want. It is then that we start having the attitude expressed in these verses. We start raging against God and His Anointed.
The view of the world toward Jesus is a view of anger and opposition from people who do not want to be told how to live.
When you keep reading, God responds to the world’s view of Jesus and then expresses His own view of Him.
The word “laugh” isn’t the kind of laughter you have when someone tells you a good joke. This is a laughter that is expressive of incredulity. This is God saying, “You’ve got to be kidding!” It is a scoffing. Here are people who are raging against God, and He scoffs at those people as if to say, “Who do these people think they are?”
The word “derision” is a word that describing someone who mocks someone else.
God laughs at these people in His wrath because they have set themselves against Him and His Anointed One. God is essentially saying that He does not care what they think or how they feel. He is going to put His King on His throne, and He is going to do it whether they like it or not. Jesus is the King, and He will reign in His kingdom regardless of what you think.
The view of God toward Jesus is that Jesus is the One He has chosen to be King, even if it means that the world will rage and oppose Him.
The next few verses begin with someone declaring what God had said to Him. This is Jesus saying that God declared something to Him. What did God say to Jesus?
Twice in the New Testament book of Hebrews, the inspired writer being directed by the Holy Spirit tells us that this was in reference to Jesus. You have Jesus actually speaking in Psalm 2.7-9. Jesus is saying that God spoke to Him and God told Him that He was His Son.
You can also read about the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3. It was there, as Jesus was coming up out of the water, that the Holy Spirit rested on Him. It was at that point that God said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3.17).
Jesus is saying that God spoke to Him and told Him that He would have be in charge of everything. Jesus viewed Himself as someone who has all authority.
After Jesus was resurrected, He said to His disciples, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28.18).
The idea expressed in this verse is that of victory. Jesus is told by God that He would be victorious over His enemies.
The nations rage against God, and rage against Jesus. God laughs at them and says that He will put Jesus on the throne anyway. Jesus says that they can rage against Him all they want, but it was God who said that Jesus is His Son, and it was God who gave Him all authority and victory.
Verse 10 begins with the words “Now therefore.” There is your connecting phrase that indicates that a conclusion is being drawn. David is being directed by the Holy Spirit to write a conclusion based on the thoughts that were written in the previous verses. Watch the flow of thought.
They raged against God. They rage against Jesus. God laughs and says, “I put Jesus in charge as King.” Jesus speaks up and says, “God put Me in charge over all the nations.” Now the Holy Spirit directs David to write, “Since God has given His Son a position of authority and power, you need to stop raging against your King. Instead, you need to worship the King.
The Holy Spirit then issues a warning. He writes that you need to kiss the Son lest the Son be angry. Even if the Son is angry just a little bit, you will perish in the way.
In the New Testament, the word for “worship” is the Greek word “proskuneo.”
The word for worship means “to kiss towards.” It carries the idea of blowing a kiss toward God. This is what Psalm 2 is telling us to do.
We are not to rage against God and His Son and try to throw off His yoke. We are to kiss the Son. God put Jesus in authority. Jesus knows He is in authority. So the Holy Spirit says that you are not to rage against Him. Instead, you are to worship Him lest you become subject to His wrath.
You read about the attitudes of the nations, but God calls us to worship His Son, and we have three reasons why we are to worship Him: He is the Anointed, the King, and the Son.
Notice how Psalm 2 ends: “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”