God's Appeal For Repentance and Faith in Psalm 2

August 9, 2011

Tonight, I had the privilege of preaching an evangelistic message at Berean Baptist Church in Fountain Inn, SC. My message focused on a detailed exposition of Psalms 1-2. I praise God for giving me clarity today concerning a key point about Psalm 2 that I had not fully understood previously!

Psalm 2 begins with a record of rebellious kings and rulers who desire to throw off the authority of God and His anointed over them (2:1-3). It then records the angry response of the Father (2:4-6), followed by the Son’s declaration (2:7-9) and the psalmist’s closing appeal (2:10-12).

The psalmist directed the very authorities who were spoken of earlier as rebelling against God to be wise and be instructed (2:10). He then explained those directives by declaring that they would have to turn from rebelling against God to serving Him with fear and rejoicing with trembling (2:11). This complete reversal toward the Lord was an appeal for them to repent toward God.

The psalmist continued by demanding that they submit to and honor the Son and put their trust in Him (2:12). This reversal of their prior opposition to Him and call to entrust themselves to Him was a further appeal for their repentance toward God and an appeal to believe in the Son.

This analysis shows that Psalm 2 highlights God’s appeal for repentance and faith on the part of the very authorities who rebelled against Him and His Christ!

Rajesh

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