Why Do The Nations Rage? A Reflection On Psalm Two

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The Word:

“Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
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.” – (Psalm 2 ESV)


The nations are in turmoil and they always have been. Carl Marx was just one of many evil men throughout history who sought the destruction of God’s people. Atheistic communism was a demonically inspired plan to erase freedom to worship God from the earth. And to enslave the masses under totalitarian rule. Excessive materialism is another tactic of evil principalities and powers to lead God’s people into apostasy. The fruit of apostasy (falling away) is a rebellious self-sufficient lack of dependence on God.

The question: “Why do the nations rage?” Because ever since the garden of Eden, man has believed the serpents lie that we can be like God(Gen. 3:5.)

The rejection of God’s rule is senseless.

Satan is behind the insanity of leaders who seek to hinder the work of God on the earth. The devil knows that his time is short (Rev. 12:12), so he and his principalities and powers work through political leaders to create wars. Religious leaders along with Herod and Pilate united together to kill Jesus. And ever since, leaders of nations have been the puppets of invisible evil overlords – seeking to root out Christianity from the earth.

Psalm two shows us a picture of the future. Jesus has risen from the dead and laughs in disgust at their attempts to overthrow his kingdom.

Jesus will confound the rulers of this age. He will triumph over the arrogance of those who mount a rebellion against his rule. Leaders of this world who hate Christ are blind men leading blind followers.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” – (1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV)

Watch and Pray:

Father, deliver your people from leaders who foolishly devise plots against Jesus Christ and his people. I ask for the salvation of world leaders. May they experience your mercy and seek your wisdom. Some have collaborated throughout history to free themselves from Your righteous rule. But, their plans are futile. Father, you have installed King Jesus as head of your Church. You have given him the nations and will bring the power of earthly rulers to an end. Let Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Deliver us from evil. In Jesus’ name, amen.