Psalms: prayers of the heart (3)


Why do the nations rant?
Why do the peoples rave uselessly?
The earth’s rulers take their stand;
the leaders scheme together
against the LORD and
against his anointed one.
“Come!” they say.
“We will tear off their ropes
and throw off their chains!”

The one who rules in heaven laughs;
my Lord makes fun of them.
But then God speaks to them angrily;
then he terrifies them with his fury:
“I hereby appoint my king on Zion,
my holy mountain!”

I will announce the LORD’s decision:
He said to me, “You are my son,
today I have become your father.
Just ask me,
and I will make the nations
your possession;
the far corners of the earth
will be your property.
You will smash them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them like a pottery jar.”

So kings, wise up!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the LORD reverently—
trembling, kiss his feet
or else he will become angry,
and your way will be destroyed
because his anger ignites in an instant.

But all who take refuge in the LORD
are truly happy! (Psalm 2 CEB)

Who makes this world go round?

The unstable trying to go nuclear? People marching in the streets? Economists who advise? Super-rich who influence? Politicians who make deals? Criminals who corrupt entire nations? The indifferent who sludge up the whole system?

Listen to the news and you might come away with the thought that one, or all of the above, are the real powers in this world.

What is the source of true Christian strength?

A favorable culture? A similar society? A stockpile of cash? Deep resources? Great visibility? The right person in office?

Listen to the church at times and you might get the impression that she believes these factors are supreme.

Not so.

God makes this world go round. And we dare not forget it.

True happiness and real peace will never come when it’s sought for as an end in itself. The church has nothing to fear when it stays on its knees worshiping the living God. So let come what may and let God ever be our joy and refuge.

So be it.

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