Psalm 2 foretells of the coming Messiah, the Christ who would be God’s King over his people.
1. You Need a Better King
Psalm 2:1-3 tells of a world that is determined to have a king other than God, a world in rebellion against him. Whatever we love most in the world is our king. And you serve what you love. The things other than God that we set on the throne of our heart will ultimately hurt us. But God promises a better King.
2. Christ Is the Better King
Psalm 2:6-9 shows that God’s King would be identified with him. His throne is on Zion, where God’s temple was. He would be called God’s Son. Christ is the better King. Because he provides the peace that no other king in this world can provide.
3. Take Refuge in the King
What you love gives you peace. If Christ is our King, if he rules our heart, we are promised peace in this passage. Psalm 2:12 invites us to take refuge in Christ. He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and he alone can bear the full weight of our hope, expectation, longing, and desire and give us peace in return.
Reflection & Application Questions
Psalm 2:1-3 describes an entire world in rebellion against God. How have you contributed to rebellion in the world against God?
If it’s true that you serve what you love, what are you most tempted to serve besides Christ? Why?
How is Christ a better King than whatever you are tempted to love instead?
Christ Jesus, God’s King, died for your rebellion so you don’t have to. How does this demonstrate his goodness? How does the cross and resurrection prove he is more powerful than any earthly ruler?
Where do you look for peace besides Christ? Why won’t it provide ultimate peace?
In what way do you need to take refuge in Christ today? How will you do that?