Friday, August 10, 2018

The Basis of Hope – Part 1

Psalm 2:6-9 “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.” “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten you. Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”

Michael writes that Psalm 2 is one of the songs of ancient poetry. This passage is quoted in Acts 4 as a Psalm of David. This is a prophetic Messianic Psalm about the coming of Jesus Christ. Jerusalem was conquered by King David. The language of this Psalm spills over the times in which it was written and heralds the coming of a greater king than David himself. 

The true king that God installed is above all kings. Literature and legend says that there was a great King who ruled in power and love and mercy. When this great King ruled, the land prospered and great works of art were done while the King reigned. However when the King died, darkness fell upon the face of the land and the kingdom fell into ruin, waiting for the return of the true king who would reign in righteousness and true holiness.

Most monarchies have been ruled by an iron hand, by oppression and fear. Why are so many enamored by royalty? Why do peoples create royal lines and crown them with honor and majesty? Why do peoples give themselves over to the sway of those whom they honor and glorify? It's because as people we know deep down in our hearts the true King who reigns in righteousness and true holiness ... a true Savior who will save the people from their sins. If we refuse the true King, we will honor a lesser King. We were created with a hunger to serve our Lord.  You are servants of whom you obey.

Psalm 2:3-4 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.”

The natural inclination of the human heart is to set up a king and then reject him. 
Lord means owner. However, the basic impulse of the human heart is for every man and woman to follow their own way and their own heart. The central conviction of hell is to confess, "I am my own Lord." We are captive to whom we obey ... I have found the enemy and it is me.

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