Psalm 2

            Our view of God determines how we live.  If our perception of God is that he is small and ineffective, or does not really see or care about everything that happens on earth, then the response of the nations in Psalm 2 is likely:  “The kings of this earth have all joined together to turn against the LORD and his chosen one.  They say, ‘Let’s cut the ropes and set ourselves free!’”  But if we rightly discern that God is far larger than we can ever imagine and sees all, then we know that “in heaven the LORD laughs as he sits on his throne, making fun of the nations.”  Any group of people who think they can distance themselves from the God of the universe are, at best, delusional, and, at worst, in danger of being swept away like an ant hill.
 
            God blesses and protects everyone who runs to him.  So, we are to be smart and show respect.  The fact of the matter is that God is bigger than anyone or anything.  That is good news for those who serve God and bad news for those who don’t.  The fact of the matter is that nothing can separate God’s people from his love; no nation has more power than God; and, no organization, institution, or government can continue unabated in their unethical ways. 
 
            So, when we face adversity, hardship, and difficulty we have a very large God who has our back.  It might seem in the short term that evil is winning and arrogant people are having their day, but ultimately God is going to deal with it.  Jesus is king, and we are not.
 

 

            Immense God, you are sovereign above all creation and everything in the earth.  I choose this day to submit to the words and ways of Jesus, who is the true ruler of all.  May all the nations come to see you for who you really are: the great and wondrous king.  Amen.

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