Psalm 2 is often termed a “royal psalm” because it would have been sung by the Israelites reminding them of how God’s anointed kings, specifically the Davidic line of kings leading to Jesus, would enable them to fulfill the covenant that God gave to the people through Abraham. The beginning of the Psalm describes nations that would come against The Lord and His anointed kings to destroy them (v.3). In (v.4-6) we see that God’s response to this type of rebellion is laughable because nothing can come against His power and Holy will that He has set in motion through His anointed kings. In (v.7-12) we read the promise of God to the Davidic king, and the people of Israel; that it is through this line the Messiah will come and every kingdom will be subject to His kingdom.
While this Psalm was written and sung to ring in the coronation of earthly kings of Israel, it is clear to see that there is a greater meaning and metaphor the author is pointing to. The Davidic kingship culminates with the King of Kings Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul portrays the resurrection of Jesus as His coronation and fulfilment of the Davidic line of kings:
Romans 1:1-6 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ
So, for us today as new covenant believers, we can read Psalm 2 in light of the gospel. Clearly seeing the fulfilment of God’s promise to send the Messiah through the line of David did happen just the way God designed it to happen. Also, that we can serve The Lord in reverent fear of Him, but without fear of the nations of this world that will come against us. God is faithful to His promises and King Jesus is the embodiment of that promise.
Take time today to recognize Jesus as King in your life (something we don’t often focus on). Spend a few moments today praising God and meditating on the fulfilment of God’s promises in your life.
By: Matt Mofield