I have been reading a Psalm a week for the last couple of weeks. I have read through three of them and want to share my thoughts on them each this week. Starting next week, I will post once a week with my thoughts on the Psalm of the week. I have a plan to read 50 Psalms in 50 weeks over the next 50 weeks. This has been wildly enjoyable for me to participate in. I am excited to share with you my reflections on the Psalms.
Here are my reflections on Psalm 2:
Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'” Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him! (Psalms 2:1-12 NASB)
I’m sitting outside on my patio area in my backyard. It’s not the nicest backyard, but I’m working on it. We have a couple adirondack chairs, a fire bowl and a table with chairs I need to put together. I’ve been working on cleaning it up and making it nice for us to sit in and enjoy. It is a refuge of sorts. That’s why I’m out here right now.
As I’m reading the psalms I’m realizing some of the best, most vivid images of God come from the psalms. The tail end of the last verse of this one hits. It’s one of the things that is so appealing to me about God.
These are all aspects of who God is that draw me to him. I don’t know what your story is like, but mine is one where finding refuge is a needed relief. It’s not just something that’s nice, it’s something I can’t do without.
A safe place. God is the safe place. I don’t know where you are in your story or what is going on in your life, I pray you can know God as a refuge. I pray you can know him as rest.
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