Born to Be – Anointed
December 3, 2017
This psalm was written by King David and is messianic in nature. While it could have been used as a coronation psalm for the kings of Israel, it certainly finds its truest fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We know this because that is the way it is interpreted by the apostles. In fact, this psalm is the most quoted psalm in the New Testament. It is constructed in four stanzas that each represent the voice and position of a different speaker.
VOICE ONE: THE WORLD (vs. 1-3)
Psalm 1 contrasts the differences between the righteous and the wicked. The righteous are blessed and walk in the ways of the Lord and meditate on His law. The wicked are disobedient and scoff at the laws of God. Psalm 2 picks up on this theme and describes how the wicked set themselves apart from God. They desire to undo the ties that bind them to God. This imagery is the same as a beast trying to break away from the cords that keep a yoke upon its back. The beast wants no master. The wicked are the same. Their desire is to be free from the authority of God. This is why these verses are quoted by the New Testament believers in Acts 4:25-26. The Jewish authorities were trying to silence the gospel preaching of the apostles. They were threatening to imprison anyone who spoke about Jesus. People don’t want to live under the rule of the “Lord and His anointed one.” The word anointed literally means “messiah.” This is why Peter and John are so adamant when they declare that Jesus is the only name given to men by which they can be saved (Acts 4:11-12). The wicked don’t want the rule of God through His anointed Christ. Yet, God is the author of this story and He gets to write it the way He wants. Salvation belongs to Jesus and no other. It is Jesus, and Jesus alone, who will rule and reign over all things!
VOICE TWO: GOD THE FATHER (vs. 4-6)
We now are presented with God looking down from heaven on those who would defy His rule and His messiah. Notice God does not get up from His throne and wring His hands in worry about the rebellion of man. He continues to sit, because He is completely in control. He laughs at the arrogance of man. This is not laughter one hears after a joke is told. Instead, this is a laughter that mocks the strength of ones enemy. God’s mind is made up. He will not change, nor will He relent from unfolding His sovereign plan. The wicked do not approve of His choice. God’s voice will bring terror upon them in their disobedience. His king has been chosen. His king will rule and reign. Every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is His king (Philippians 2:10; Romans 14:11). God is the one who spoke all creation into existence. Now He speaks about His chosen King and His will shall be done in spite of the naysayers.
VOICE THREE: JESUS (vs. 7-9)
A third voice now enters our text. This voice doesn’t speak on His own authority, but preaches the truth that God the Father has spoken. This voice clearly identifies Himself as the object of God’s decree. This is the voice of none other than the Son, Jesus. The term Son is a title and Jesus has been crowned with that title. It shows that Jesus is the rightful heir to all that the Father owns (Matthew 11:27; Hebrews 1:2). Twice in the New Testament, God the Father makes this same decree over Jesus. First at His baptism (Matthew 3:17). Second at the mount of transfiguration (Matthew 17:5-6). Many scoff at the son. However, all His enemies will be made His footstool (I Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 10:13). Jesus will rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:11-16).
VOICE FOUR: THE HOLY SPIRIT (vs. 10-12)
The Holy Spirit is the inspiration behind all Scripture and His voice leads us into all truth (2 Timothy 3:16; John 16:13). He now speaks to us and urges us to seek wisdom. What God declares will be. There is no victory in standing against Him or His anointed. Instead of being angry we should kiss the Son. This means we should embrace His rule over our lives and submit to His leadership in all things. Those who stand against Him will perish. Those who embrace Him will be saved!
- What was true in the past is still true today. Discuss why the nations rage against the Lord and His anointed.
- Why is the Lord’s decree firm and unbreakable in spite of the rebellion of man?
- Wisdom is to kiss the Son and not to fight against Him. Read Acts 4 and discuss how this has already been seen in history. Read Revelation 19:11-16 and discuss how this will be seen again when Christ returns.