“Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
—Psalm 2:10-12 NIV
Psalm 2 closes with a warning and an invitation.
The Psalmist warns the “rulers of the earth” that if they continue in their rebellion against God’s kingdom, they will reap destruction.
And he invites them to serve the Lord and take refuge in him.
On one hand, this should give us hope: one day the world leaders who commit atrocities and propagate injustice will answer for their actions.
On the other hand, this Psalm should lead us to reflect.
You see, all of us reading this today are presented with the same choice.
We can see God’s rule and commands as limits to our freedom and rebel against him, or we can choose to serve him.
And of course, when we submit to God’s authority, we will discover that he is not oppressive but a refuge.
May we choose life today.
Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:
Breathe in: God,
Breathe out: You are my refuge.
P.S. This past week, when we were working through Psalm 1, I said that I would be posting a longer article about the practice of biblical meditation on Friday. Friday came and passed, and the article isn’t up yet. I’m sorry about that! It’s almost ready to post, and should be live sometime in the next few days. Thanks for your patience!