Psalm 2 – Pay Attention, ISIS

Psalm 2

Why do the nations rage,

And the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth rise up,

And the rulers take counsel together,

Against the LORD and against His anointed, saying,

“Let us break their chains,

And throw off their shackles!”

 

The One enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust;

The LORD derides them.

Then He will speak to them in His wrath,

And terrify them in His fury, saying,

“I Myself have installed My king on Zion, My holy mountain.”

 

I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:

The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;

Today I have begotten You.

Ask me, and I will make the nations Your inheritance,

The ends of the earth Your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron,

And dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

 

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

Be warned, O rulers of the earth,

Serve the LORD with fear!

Repent with terror!

Kiss the Son,

Lest He be angry and you die because of your behavior,

For His wrath is quickly ignited.

 

Blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

He is coming.

Reading this Psalm this morning gave me pause as I considered what is happening to my Christian brothers and sisters, God’s anointed children, in many places around the world, including those suffering persecution from ISIS.  The rage and hatred being expressed against God and his anointed is saddening and horrible.  But ultimately, ISIS plots in vain.

He is coming.

The Lord, Yahweh, whose power is immeasurable, whose holiness is unapproachable, the Uncreated One, laughs at them in disgust; he holds them in derision.  No one can win a war against God – it is a fruitless effort!  And there will come a day when they will be terrified by his anger.

He is coming.

When Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, God himself who became a human being to save the world, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords… when he returns the second time it will not be like the first time.  The first time he came in humility and meekness, setting aside his divine power in order to suffer on the cross for our sins.  The second time he will come as a King, full of justice and judgment.  He will break the powers of evil and shatter their pathetic kingdoms.  He will avenge his children who’ve been beheaded, raped, abused, and persecuted.

He is coming.

When Jesus returns it will be too late for those who’ve warred against God, who’ve persecuted His children, who’ve raped His bride, who’ve attacked His family to repent.  On that day, the lines that are now being drawn in the sand will become uncrossable, and anyone who is not standing on the side of the Lord of Hosts, Jesus Christ, the God of the Angel-Armies, will be utterly destroyed.

He is coming.

So, listen up!  Repent now, while there is a chance.  Christ died for the ungodly.  Indeed, God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… if, while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved through his life! (see Romans 5:1-11)  Jesus is King.  Stand with him and be saved.  Stand against him and be annihilated.

He is coming.

May the Lord bless those brothers and sisters of mine who are facing persecution beyond what I can even imagine.  May they find refuge in him.  May their blood be avenged.

He is coming.  Amen.

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