Battle Cries: Psalm 2

psalms_battle_cries_logoPsalm 2 continues where Psalm 1 left off. Psalm 1 introduces us to the single Man that blessing comes through; Psalm 2 shows us that He is the Royal Son of God Himself.

The nations rage and scheme and plot, but God does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3). The nations will submit to Christ, either willingly (and find blessing in doing so) or forcefully (and find themselves shattered like an iron rod smashing pottery).

Psalm 2 ends where Psalm 1 begins—with blessing or happiness. The blessed Man of Psalm 1 invites anyone and everyone to share in His blessing, if only they would take refuge in Him (2:12).

The only refuge from the crushing wrath of God is God Himself. Jesus takes the crushing on behalf of His people, and they are saved.

Notes from the study are available here.

Battle Cries: Psalm 1

psalms_battle_cries_logoThe Psalms are at the same time deeply personal songs borne out of struggle, and yet they are often given “to the choirmaster” for the congregation of Israel to sing. These songs are the battle cries of those fighting “the good fight of faith” (2 Timothy 4:7); they are weapons in our hands and sparring partners to train us how to pray and fight as we walk with the Lord in this world.

Psalm 1 invites us to see an individual blessed man and to realize that we are not Him. But we are invited to be united to Him, to have His life as our own, to have His delighting as our own, and to have His obedience as our own.

Notes available here.