Psalm 2

“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

Pss 2.1What’s it say?
List everything you learn about God:

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?

Children’s Lesson

Print a picture of someone kissing (I used Cinderella and Prince Charming)

Read Psalm 2.

ps 2Who do you kiss? (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.)

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.

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Psalm 1

“Man must have some delight, some supreme pleasure. His heart was never meant to be a vacuum. If not filled with the best things, it will be filled with the unworthy and disappointing.” (Spurgeon)

Read Psalm 1.

Psalm 1.1

What’s it say?

* Read it without interpreting it. I really like to make lists for this.

Make a list of everything it says about God, what He does and who He is.

  1. Blesses
  2. Has a law
  3. KNOWs ways of righteous
  4. Punishes way of wicked

Make a list of everything it says about man (me/us). In this passage, make a list of the man who delights in the Lord, because that is the central character of this passage.

  1. Blessed
  2. Does not walk in counsel of wicked
  3. Does not stand in way of sinners
  4. Does not sit in seat of scoffers
  5. Delights in law of Lord
  6. Meditates on law of Lord day and night
  7. Like a tree planted by water
  8. Yields fruit
  9. Does not wither
  10. Everything he does prospers
  11. Won’t have to stand with sinners at day of judgement
  12. Righteous
  13. God knows his ways

What’s it mean? This is where you interpret, maybe cross reference, or read commentary.

As an English teacher and writing coach what sticks out to me is that this is a comparison paper.

The comparison is made between –

  1. The wicked and the righteous
  2. What the man who delights in the Lord’s laws should and should not do
  3. The results of delighting and righteousness

This is really just a summary of the lists, so no further explanation is needed.  What I really want to take a look at and study closer is the central theme of delighting in the law of the Lord.

Most Bible scholars and commentaries say “the law of the Lord” is all of God’s Word, not just the rules and regulations. I’ll go with that, simply because it sounds better to my American libertarian self. It also makes sense in context of the message of grace throughout the Bible, and that James 2:10 states, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” No one completely delights and keeps God’s laws, so this passage would apply to no one if not for the grace of God.

I love the word “delight.” It’s almost an onomatopoeia (there’s the English teacher in me again). It was similar in the original Hebrew word. The word originally was an Arabic verb which meant to “be mindful of, attentive to, to keep and protect.”

Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Gesenius, a Biblical scholar and linguist in the early 1800s, states that the original meaning of the Hebrew word “delight” meant “to bend, incline toward.”

In other passages of scripture the word is used to describe a great desire, intense feelings toward, such as a man delighting sexually in his wife.

Interestingly, and probably the most important aspect of the word is that the verb “delight” always points the reader toward what is being delighted in. The emphasis is not on the verb itself but the object that is being desired. For example, if I were to say “red ball” – the ball is what is highlighted, not the color red. In Hebrew the word delight was more often used as an adjective than a verb – “delightful stones” Mal. 3:12.

So what’s that got to do with this particular passage? The Word of God is what is highlighted. The word of God is delightful. It is to be delighted in. It is to be mindful of, attentive to, kept and protected. We are to bend towards, and incline out life towards it. We are to have a great love and desire for God’s Word.

What’s it got to do with me?

We’ve seen the rewards of delighting in God’s Word, and the punishment for those who do not. We’ve seen what we should and shouldn’t do if we delight in God’s Word. So now I ask you:

  1. Does the Word of God make you happy?
  2. Does it get you excited?
  3. Do you feel obligated to read His word – or can you not get enough?
  4. Do you hunger for more of His Word?

Pray that God would allow you to “delight” in His Word.

“Man must have some delight, some supreme pleasure. His heart was never meant to be a vacuum. If not filled with the best things, it will be filled with the unworthy and disappointing.” (Spurgeon)


 

Children’s Study

Psalm 1Print off a picture of a tree to color. Write on the paper: “

Read Psalm 1 aloud to your child.

What’s it mean to delight? Love, cherish, be extremely happy with.

God wants us to love to read His Word and “delight” in it. (You can sing the B I B L E)

Can you stand tall like a tree? God tells that when we LOVE God’s Word, we will grow strong like a tree, with lots of sweet fruit, we will always be strong.