Monday, May 04, 2009

Cannot Be Thwarted

{Psalm 2; ESV}
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and 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, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Today we can look at this Psalm and understand the Messianic implications that it contains. The main thrust of what is written is that no one can thwart God’s will. All the governments in the world can get together and defy God, but God laughs at them. They don’t have the power to resist His sovereignty. God’s Will will be accomplished no matter what Satan, governments, religions, and people do to prevent it.

I know this is a truth that I need to remember. I am discouraged about the current state of affairs in this country. What has happened in the United States is a rejection of Christian values. This country was founded upon a certain standard of morality, a standard that is embodied in the Word of God. All that is good in this country is the result of a culture that has lived in the light of the truth found on the pages of Scripture.

That foundation has been under attack for the past 30 years, and as it crumbles many of us worry that the freedom and life we enjoy now will disappear. What we are witnessing in culture right now are people who are rebelling against God and we realize that it isn’t going to turn out well for us.

That is why it is so important that we remember that no matter what happens God’s Will is not being thwarted. The providence and sovereignty of God are so great that He is able to use the evil and sin of people to bring about good. If we are people of faith we have to trust that God is still in control and that His Will is heading towards completion.

It also means that we had better choose whose side we are going to be on. Are we going join the side of the rebels we mock God with both their words and deeds or are we going to worship Him by the way we live? If nothing can thwart God’s purpose, then it would be foolish to try to stand in defiance of Him. So in the end my response is the same as Joshua’s:
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD (Joshua 24:15; ESV).

The people of God dedicate themselves to God’s service, even when that means defying people and governments here on earth, because we know that God is greater than everyone else. Whose side will you be on?

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