1 Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
Angry nations- angry leaders
2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
Leaders preparing for battle against the Lord
3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
They work to lead Freedom from God
4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
Leaders of countries do not make God nervous.
5 Then in anger, he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
Gods hour comes in His time.
6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.
God chooses leadership over nations
7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.
God uses Leadership to proclaim His decree
8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.
A promise: all we have to do is ask
9 You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’”
God will break the individuals….
with a strong hand (Iron rod- Smash with clay pots)
10 Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
The nations are for us, but at the same time,
we need leaders who act wisely and give
God the glory who is the one who chooses
and will break and smash if needed.
11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear and rejoice with trembling.
Leaders serve the Lord in humbleness.
Rejoice, but know who put you in the position of leadership
12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
Even in psalms God refers to His Son.
There 2 choices when leading:
- attract God’s Anger
- His Joy and provision