I have a confession to make: I am a lazy Bible reader. I love to research and dig into passages when I teach. But I’ve realized that when I am reading the Bible just for my own spiritual growth, I get lazy. I look for passages with easy application. I skip passages that are confusing or boring or frustrating.
I really wanted to skip the passage of today’s post. But, I was stuck. It’s a series.
You see, after the Advent Series ended, I decided I should do another series. I wanted to make another commitment to reflecting on not just my life, but on God’s Word. Not at the once-a-day, what-was-I-thinking pace of the Advent series, but at a once-a-week, pause-for-reflection pace of a new series. So, I thought a walk through the Psalms would be perfect. One Psalm a week. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. And it started out pretty well last week with Psalm 1.
But after Psalm 1 comes Psalm 2.
Psalm 2 is about kings and rulers. Psalm 2 uses words like “trembling,” “wrath,” and “destruction.” Psalm 2 is confusing. Psalm 2 is the type of passage I might normally move past. Be lazy. Skip.
Take a moment to read it for yourself.
1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. 12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Are you like me? Did you want to skip it?
Well, I couldn’t skip it this time. Since I committed (at least in my mind) to doing a series, I had to write about this Psalm, this week. And I was reminded of the disservice I do to myself, to God, and to His Word when I get lazy.
I read a few commentaries, and discovered that Psalm 2 is a messianic Psalm. It somehow, mysteriously, refers to Israel’s kings at the time it was written, Jesus when He was on earth, and Jesus when He will rule again, all at the same time. This makes my head spin. I get confused about how it all works. Which is what makes me want to skip reading this Psalm.
But what if instead of getting frustrated, I get amazed? Amazed at a God whose Word runs so deep? Amazed at a God whose truth transcends time and space?
And what if instead of trying to read every Bible passage to find out what it says about me, I look at what it says about God? If I really love Him, don’t I want to get to know Him better?
And what if I stopped valuing my own knowledge so highly? What if I admitted that it was okay that I don’t understand everything?
Psalm 2 still confuses me. But that is okay. I have my entire life to investigate it. And even then, I have my entire life to recognize that if God were not smarter than me, He would not be a God worth worshiping.
Psalm 2 is not about me. It is about my God. And if I don’t find a direct application to my life right now, that does not make a passage any less valuable. I want to read the Bible with these words in mind:
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. - Romans 11:33-36