Psalm 2

The Lord's King rules

2:1This Psalm speaks about God's chosen king. This is not only about David and the other kings of Israel. The word used for ‘chosen king’ in verse 2 is the same word as Messiah. The Psalm is also about Jesus. The prophets said that Jesus would be king of all the nations. David never ruled the whole world, but Jesus will rule the whole world. He will do this when he returns to the earth. Now he is ruling in heaven with God.

1 Why are nations making plans to turn against the Lord?

All their plans will fail!

2 Kings and rulers decide to work together,

to fight against the Lord and his chosen king.

3 They say, ‘We will not accept their authority over us!

We will get free from their power!’

2:3In Acts 4:25-26 we see that Herod and Pilate were two of the rulers that the Psalm speaks about! Herod and Pilate were the leaders that killed Jesus.

4 The Lord who sits on his throne in heaven laughs at them.

He says that their plans are useless.

5 Then he becomes very angry and he frightens them.

He warns them with strong words and he says,

6 ‘I have put my king on his throne in Zion.

I have put him on my holy mountain.’

2:6God put David in Zion as king. Zion was part of Jerusalem. When David died, his son Solomon became king, and their descendants after that. Jesus was a descendant of King David, and he became the king who rules for ever.

7 I will tell you what the Lord has promised to me, his king.

He said to me, ‘You are my son.

Yes, today I have become your father!

2:7In Acts 13:33 we see that the words 'You are my son' came true when God raised Jesus from the dead. See also Hebrews 1:5; 5:5.

8 Ask me and see what I will do!

I will give you all the nations on the earth.

They will all belong to you.

9 You will break them with an iron sceptre,

as if they are clay pots.’

10 So now, you kings, be very careful!

You who rule the nations of the world, learn this lesson:

11 Respect the Lord and serve him.

Enjoy his rule with fear!

12 Bend down low in front of his son!

If not, the Lord will be angry.

He will quickly become very angry.

You will suddenly die!

But as for those who serve the Lord as their king,

he blesses them and he takes care of them all.