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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Praying Psalm 2

Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.

Psalm 2

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him" (Ps. 2:12)

Father, I want to praise and worship you through your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. You are the King of all kings. I also want to thank you for your Word and the harmony between the Old Testament and the New Testament, for although they differ as promises do from their fulfillment, yet they reveal having the same Author with the same messages. This ancient alpha psalm graphically illustrates what is more fully revealed in the New Testament!

The New Testament fully expounds the doctrines of Jesus’ Messiah-ship. It declares that blessedness from you is mediated through Him! For the Lord Jesus spoke of Himself as “the way, the truth, and the life,” therefore, no man can come to you except through Him (John 14:6). Neither can any come to Him through another man or organization (1 Tim 2:5); it must be a personal experience. Since the first of anything of significance sets a precedent for what follows, the prophetic element in the Book of Psalms is foundational, especially so in this one.

Psalm 2 proclaims your Son will become, Israel's King, and as such the monarch of all the nations. This relationship is spoken as a bond, a restraint upon all people. Therefore, even from the unknown past, your Son has been the mediator between You, Father and all men. The New Testament speaks of the Lord Jesus as the Alpha, the Beginner, Creator of all of Your Creation (John 1:3). As the authoritative, essential, and eternal expression of yourself, He ever is the Mediator and Savior of all who would be in right relationship with you, whether for salvation or reconciliation, whatever joys men can have from you.

Oh, that humankind would love and seek a submissive relationship with Christ to escape your wrath, Father, receiving the forgiveness of their sins! Instead nations rebel against Him, the finite against the Infinite, against the Creator and Maintainer of not only their existence, but the almighty Judge of all things. What ridiculous creatures we are! Yet you continue to counsel us to love Christ the King and to receive the blessed consequences of reconciliation.

Let my soul bless you and rejoice in Jesus the Christ-King with no confidence in my human ability, and trusting only in the enabling of your Holy Spirit. I lift up your Holy Name, which Jesus also possesses, for in Him I am complete and, yes, through Him, I can call you Father!

Related reading:  Introduction to Praying the PsalmsPraying Psalm 1; Praying Psalm 3; Praying Psalm 4

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