Daily Devotional: Psalms 2:1-6
1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed one. 3 "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." 4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 "I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill."
1 Peter 2:9-10
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
The Lord took a young boy from tending the sheep of his father and made him the king over his people. Not only did David become king of Israel, but God blessed him and his people until they became the greatest nation on earth. When kings allied themselves against David and Israel, they were fighting God and they lost every time. It was not in the might or wisdom of David as king that the empire grew and swallowed up all other nations, it was by the power of God.
Today we live as God’s chosen people, his holy nation. We are not a political or earthly nation; we are the spiritual kingdom of God. Our king is Jesus, the Son of God who rules over us. While others in the world mock his name and deny the existence of God, we know who we are and we know who is in control. As his people we are to respect civil leaders and live godly lives in peace.
Nations and leaders rise and fall. Some are defeated by others while some just implode for various reasons. Some are toppled by their own people while others are taken by outside nations. All of this is under the control of God. There is not a leader that is not appointed by God for his purpose. This includes the presidents or queens to mayors and aldermen, and all are in office because of God.
O Lord, majestic and mighty, with fear and trembling and in great humility I come to you today with thanksgiving in my heart. As I recognize your power, I know you are in control of this world. While Satan is the prince of this world, I know he can only do what you allow him to do. Be with the nations of this world that we may live in peace and your word will have free course and be respected. I ask you to be with your holy nation, your special people, that we may learn to live in peace and to honor Jesus as our king by following his will. Increase my faith, renew my commitment and forgive me when I fail. I pray in the name of Jesus.