“Most Christians salute the sovereignty of God but believe in the sovereignty of man.”
― R.C. Sproul (and God laughs – Joyce Pinero)
Read Psalm 2
What’s it say about me?List everything it say about who we are as God’s followers. What we should do.
What’s it mean?
There are two verses in this Psalm I’d like to look closer at: Psalm 2:4 and Psalm 2:12
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision. (2:4)
I love the concept that God sits in heaven and laughs. But what is He laughing at?
God is laughing at what happened in verses 1 – 3. God is laughing, mocking (thus the word derision) the fact that people think they are in charge. God is in control. We are nothing but His creation. He holds the world in His hands and sustains it. He gives each person the ability to breath and live each day. The concept of earthy man being in control and being able to break bonds which God has created is laughable, thus God laughs at man’s stupidity.
Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (2:12)
Since this was the verse that popped out at me first, I originally studied it first. I looked up ancient Hebrew cultural practices of kissing. Basically, there are two reasons for kisses – intimacy and to pay homage to one in authority.
Although a case can be made that we should have an intimate relationship with The Son, looking at the verse in context the meaning is to pay homage to.
The entire Psalm focuses on the Kingship and authority of God. He is in control; man is not.
In verse 2 God laughs at those who think they are in control, in verse 12 God goes even further to say that those who do not pay homage to, recognize, bow down and worship Him will perish from His anger and wrath.
What’s it got to do with me?
Do you believe God is in control?
Are you acting on the belief that God is in control, or are you trying to control things yourself?
Are you bowing down and “kissing the Son” in homage to His Lordship?
Is God the Lord of your life, and not just someone who created the world and then sits back and watches from afar?
What specific issues in your life do you need to turn over to God and give Him control?
Print a picture of someone kissing (I used Cinderella and Prince Charming)
Read Psalm 2.
Why do we kiss? (We love someone)
The Bible says to “kiss the son” – we do that because we love Him, but we do it for another reason too.
If you lived in olden times, when there were kings and queens, you would have bowed down and kissed the hand or ring of the king to show the king that you would do whatever he wanted. He in turn would protect you.
Let’s pretend to be Kings or Queens and subjects. You be the Queen first. Bow down and kiss your daughters hand. Now switch roles.
In this verse – we are told to kiss the Son because God is the King. He is in control. We kiss Him to tell Him we know He’s in control. And He will protect us.