Psalm Series Number 2
“Why do the heathen rage…” are the powerful beginning words of this Psalm that lead into several more descriptive verses of those whose face is turned from God and who rail against Him. Kings of the earth engage in such despicable behavior, and rulers connive together against God, as do the typical “man on the street.” At times such action and apparent successfulness of sinful people confuse the believer. How can such egregious conduct be ignored by God?
It is not ignored. Be assured God will not be mocked, nor will His Word be compromised. Note verse 4.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”
Jamison Brown comments in this way:
“shall laugh-in supreme contempt; their vain rage excites His derision. He is still the Lord, literally, “Sovereign,” though they rebel.”
Awful. Soul-frightening is it to think of God’s looking at me and scornfully laughing. No longer will I be smug in my evil ways, nor arrogant as I ignore His commandments. My complacent Sunday nod to Christ will be mocked as I stand…before Him…and as He laughs.
I much prefer the ending verses where God says, “…You are my son,” and where the concluding 12th verse says, “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
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