Psalm 2: Four Voices
By Kenny Grant
The second psalm provides for us a beautiful picture of four speeches and four points of view. In twelve short verses, we are brought into a virtual conversation from which we all would be wise to give ear and learn.
In verses 1-3 we hear The Voice of the Sinner. We are brought into this dialogue with a question: “Why do the nations rage?” That is, why do they throng tumultuously? Do you hear their voice of rebellion? The voices of those who are allying themselves together against a common enemy. Of course, it is a vain, worthless, or empty thing for them in their planning and plotting against such an enemy as they have. You see they have made The Lord their enemy. They are vainly plotting against Him and His Anointed. Listen to their voices in their unified rebellion. “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.” This is the voice of the rebel even today. The natural or unsaved man lives in highhanded rebellion against our God, whether he knows it or not. There is absolutely nothing in an unsaved man alone that responds positively to things of God. The scriptures are clear that the natural man does not welcome the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. (I Cor. 2:14) Far from welcoming the things of God the sinner rejects God and His morality. The truth is that man wants to be his own God, or at the very least to worship the god of His own choosing, therefore he rebels against the one and only true God who alone desires, deserves, and demands worship.
In verses 4-6 we hear The Voice of the Sovereign. Listen to this voice as the Sovereign Lord of the universe laughs and derides them as they seek to openly defy Him. This is not the laughter of humor, however, but that which comes from contempt. There is nothing funny about this! The sinner’s voice is one of rebellion, but this is the voice of resolve. Listen closely as He speaks to them in His wrath, and as He distresses them in His deep displeasure. His resolve is to “YET” place His King on His holy hill of Zion. Man’s plans and defiance notwithstanding King Jesus will reign from Mt. Zion. Hallelujah!
In verses 7-9 we hear The Voice of the Son. His voice is the voice is of rule. He speaks in total agreement with the Sovereign and simply declares the decree. He states clearly what has been said to Him. “You are my Son; this day have I begotten you”. In Acts 13:33, and in Heb. 5:5 this is associated with Christ’s victorious resurrection and ascension. He, as the risen and glorified Lord, will inherit and rule the nations with a rod of iron as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Now then, in verses 10-12, we hear the last voice in this conversation. It is The Voice of the Spirit. Here His voice of reason. An appeal is being made to the rebellious kings and judges who are vainly seeking to defy Him, as well as to the reader. “Be wise…be instructed. Serve The Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss (do homage to) the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish…” This appeal is a clear and urgent one to any who oppose The Lord and His Anointed Son. The one in whom He has placed all His pleasure. Receive the Son and enjoy the blessings of all those who put their trust in Him.