Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together
against the LORD
and against his Anointed One.
"Let us break their chains," they say,
"and throw off their fetters."
No war has ever lasted this long. Ever since the infancy of the nations, this war has been ongoing. The nations, with their kings, rulers and influential men do not like the idea of one God reigning as king over the nations. They want independence from God. From the account of Babel’s tower in Genesis to the prophesied one last conspiracy of the nations after the Millennium in Rev. 20:7-9, the nations hate God’s rule. You can almost hear from their lips, “Give us autonomy, you God. Give us liberty or give us death” So they devise plans against him. They join forces. They gather together in a huddle as if they were a team discussing the next game plan; or the next strategy to overthrow God.
verse 4: The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
In our God’s sight, the strategies of these nations are completely silly. It is sheer foolishness that men, regardless of how powerful and wise they are, would even think that they could outsmart an all-wise and all-powerful God. Hear the laughter from the one who sits in heaven (his throne is above all thrones). God is not in anyway terrified or alarmed by men’s rebellion... he mockingly laughs at them.
THE FRAGILITY OF NATIONS
verse 5:"Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath"
Though God laughs at the schemes of evil men, he is not totally amused. In fact, they arouse the wrath of God. God is burning with fury. There are no superpower nations in the hands of the Messiah.
verse 9: You will rule them with an iron scepter;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery."
He can take the nations one by one and smash them like jars of clay. That is how fragile they are. In the hands of an angry God, nations cannot boast of their superior Armed Forces. They cannot boast of their; atomic bombs, nuclear weapons, Harrier and Stealth military aircrafts, Tomahawk missiles, Surveillance and Tracking Radar Systems... all these are worthless in engaging God in battle. Nations are as fragile as jars of clay.
Isa.40:15:” Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.”
Isa.40:17” All the nations are insignificant before him; they are regarded as absolutely nothing.
HOW TO SURVIVE
That is to recognize the preeminence of God’s anointed King- the heir of David’s throne in Zion (v.6).
verses 10-12 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
The only wise option for the kings of this earth is to serve the Lord with fear and trembling. Nations, kings, rulers, generals, and we ourselves must submit to the rule of God’s Son, or else we will all perish. Everyone, king or peasant, must no longer claim, “I am the master of my fate;/I am the captain of my soul.” .
Kings and rulers are instructed to be "wise" in verse 10. Rejecting the Son's reign is mere foolishness.
How about you my friend?
Is the Son your King?
Or do you have you own throne?