We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer these daily devotionals from the Book of Psalms in the interim. Each day, please read the chapter referenced, focusing on the verses provided below. We will resume our study of Mark next week.
The Messiah’s Triumph
1Why do nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying 3Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us. Psalm 2:1-3.
You don’t have to read far into this chapter in order to see the sinfulness of man’s heart. If we do not keep our hearts in check with our heavenly Father, it won’t be long until we attempt to occupy His place on the throne. Rebellion is an ever-present reality in the heart of unbelievers and believers, as we reflect an attitude of entitlement rather than a spirit of humility.
Solomon had it right when he wrote “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23.) If you wish to benefit most from your time in the Word, reflect more on personalizing God’s truths in light of your own heart as you seek to understand the depth of His truth. The warning is accurate; we can attempt to set ourselves against the Lord (Psalm 2:2)
As we humble ourselves and seek His rule in our lives, we must be careful and sensitive to our heart’s wickedness that seeks to rule and reign in our lives. As the Lord gives us glimpses of the King He has sent to rule, our hearts can be turned to realize that He indeed is our only hope. In this context, He becomes the hope of the nations that has full control of the earth. Therefore, “. . . be wise, . . . serve the Lord with fear, . . .” (Psalm 2:10-11).
In this New Year you will be blessed as you put your trust in Him. Set this as your goal.