The second introductory psalm contains a note of incredulousness; why do you rebel against the true Lord in vain?
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. Let us break their chains, they say, and throw off their fetters. (1 – 3)
We live in an age where the highest aspiration is individual liberty, that is we are not ruled by anyone but ourselves. Even if we give passing acknowledgement to God, we are bombarded with the message that we are little gods of our own sphere. God chuckles…and then He rebukes.
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son, today I have become your father.(4-7)
The speaker shifts in this scripture but we must read the previous verses as addressing the Davidic dynasty. Are we tempted to read Jesus into this? Of course! Context rules though and we must exercise prudence in the approach we take. The anointed King will answer to God and be blessed by Him accordingly. Those considering a challenge to his kingship are warned that any attack will not be against the king alone, but his Father as well. The invitation to place their allegiances is extended,
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (10 – 12)
The remaining psalms rest in the final encouragement, “Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”