The second psalm is the collection is one about the Son Who is also the Messiah. The backdrop of this meditation on the Son is that the nations [are] in an uproar (v. 1). Something is causing the nations to become unsettled and this leads them to devising a vain thing (v. 1). The vain thing in question is rebellion against God and His Anointed; His Messiah (v. 2). The nations and their peoples do not want to submit to God and His Messiah (v. 3), so they foment rebellion.
God’s response to this rebellion is to laugh (v. 4) and to tell the would-be revolutionaries that God’s King — the King that God has chosen to rule — has been installed … upon Zion (v. 5).
The psalmist then turns his attention to what he chooses to say. And his choice is to speak God’s truth (v. 7). In this case, that truth is a prophetic utterance about the Messiah that closes with an exhortation to worship the LORD and to take refuge in the Son.
This compact psalm says quite a lot, then leaves me with a choice: Will I side with the psalmist in telling the decree of the LORD, worshiping God, rejoicing, and serving the Son? Or will I side with the nations in devising a vain thing and taking a stand against God?
There is lots of company on the side taking their stand against God. I see them all over the news and social media. They cheer each other on and congratulate one another on their bravery.
But I have already made my choice. I choose to submit myself to God and take refuge in the Son. The choice is, for me, not a difficult one. But serving God as He deserves is a challenge and I fall short often. This psalm does not address that problem, but other passages of The Bible do. There is mercy to address my failures and grace to address my botched attempts and through all there is the love of my God and my Savior for me.
God, thank You for the choice being such a simple one: side with You or side with the masses; devise a vain thing or place my hope in the sure thing; follow others who are in an uproar or follow the One Who can thunder from the heavens. There is little, if any, gray. While trying to submit to You and serve You and worship You is not often easy, it is the only way to live that is worthwhile. Please continue to work on and in and through me that I would act more like You, think more like You, and submit and serve more like You.