People Plotting Pointlessly | Psalm 2:1–3
“Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 ‘Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.’”
This world continues sliding in an increasingly secular direction. It evidences a growing divide between church and culture, from the highest officials to the rioter on the street. Whether in the arts, academia, business, entertainment, or politics, a biblical worldview is rejected for anything else. So far removed are we from any connection to the Creator that we deny simple gender identity. This is to say nothing of countries with real persecution, where simply being a Christian can cost you more than your job.
Ultimately, all of it is a rejection of God, and it’s not new. Here, at the time of King David’s coronation in Jerusalem, the surrounding kingdoms hated the fact that the Lord was already working though him. So, they conspired to oppose him. Even so, David knew that he would be safe within the plan of the Lord.
People foolishly stand against God the Father as well as His “Anointed One” or Messiah. Because of that, they will stand against all who represent the Lord. That’s why Jesus warned, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (Jn 15:18). However, even though the “nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts” (Ps 46:6). We can be confident in what God is about to do.
In the face of growing hostility, what do we do in the mean time? Consider the persecution of Acts 4, where this psalm is cited (vv. 25–26). Christians acknowledged God’s ultimate control over the conspirators (v. 28). They prayed for God’s superintending the threats and for themselves to speak the Word with boldness (v. 29). They sought the Lord’s healing and power (v. 30), and He answered their prayer (v. 31).
The “way of the wicked will perish” (Ps 1:6). People may proceed with pointless plots against the power of Christ, but don’t become discouraged. Acknowledge God’s sovereignty over the situation. Pray for God to uphold you, that you may have boldness and His strength. He will grant it to those who ask according to His will in faith.