Psalm 2. Quotes from Spurgeon’s Treasury (2)
This Psalm will be best understood if it be viewed as a four-fold picture.
- -1 -3 The nations raging.
2.- 4-6 The Lord in heaven derides them3. –
3.- 7-9 The Son proclaims the degree.
4. -10 end. Advice given to the kings..
‘We have, in these first three verses, a description of the hatred of human nature against the Christ of God. No better comment is needed upon it than the apostolic song in –
“For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.”
The Psalm begins abruptly with an angry interrogation; and well it may: it is surely but little to be wondered at, that the sight of creatures in arms against their God should amaze the psalmist’s mind. We see the heathen raging, roaring like the sea…’
‘Where there is much rage there is generally some folly, and in this case there is an excess of it..’
‘However mad the resolution to revolt from God, it is one in which man has persevered ever since his creation, and he continues in it to this very day. The glorious reign of Jesus in the latter day will not be consummated, until a terrible struggle has convulsed the nations.
His coming will be as a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap, and the day thereof shall burn as an oven. (Malachi 3v2)
Earth loves not her rightful monarch, but clings to the usurper’s sway: the terrible conflicts of the last days will illustrate both the world’s love of sin and Jehovah’s power to give the kingdom to his only Begotten. To a graceless neck the yoke of Christ is intolerable, but to the saved sinner it is easy and light. We may judge ourselves by this, do we love that yoke, or do we wish to cast it from us?’
‘God’s Anointed is appointed, and shall not be disappointed.’
“Thy wall are strength, and at thy gates
A guard of heavenly warriors waits;
Nor shall thy deep foundations move,
Fixed on his counsels and his love.
Thy foes in vain designs engage;
Against his throne in vain they rage,
Like rising waves, with angry roar,
That dash and die upon the shore.”
“This day have I begotten thee,’
” If this refers to the Godhead of our Lord, let us not attempt to fathom it, for it is a great truth, a truth reverently to be received, but not irreverently to be scanned. It may be added, that if this relates to the Begotten One in his human nature, we must here also rejoice in the mystery, but not attempt to violate its sanctity by intrusive prying into the secrets of the Eternal God. The things, which are revealed, are enough, without venturing into vain speculations. In attempting to define the Trinity, or unveil the essence of Divinity, many men have lost themselves; here great ships have foundered, what have we to do in such a sea with our frail skiffs?
‘Ye sinners seek his grace,
Whose wrath ye cannot bear;
Fly to the shelter of his cross.
And find salvation there.’
‘Be wise.’ –
It is always wise to be willing to be instructed, especially when such instruction tends to the salvation of the soul, “Be wise now, therefore;” delay no longer, but let good reason weigh with you. Your warfare cannot succeed, therefore desist and yield cheerfully to him who will make you bow if you refuse his yoke. O how wise, how infinitely wise is obedience to Jesus, and how dreadful is the folly of those who continue to be his enemies!
“Serve the Lord with fear,”
‘Let reverence and humility be mingled with your service. He is a great God, and ye are but puny creatures; bend ye, therefore, in lowly worship, and let a filial fear mingle with all your obedience to the great Father of the Ages.’
“Rejoice with trembling,” –
‘There must ever be a holy fear mixed with the Christian’s joy. This is a sacred compound yielding a sweet smell, and we must see to it that we burn no other upon the altar. Fear, without joy, is torment; and joy, without holy fear, would be presumption.’
‘The first Psalm was a contrast between the righteous man and the sinner; the second Psalm is a contrast between the tumultuous disobedience of the ungodly world, and the sure exaltation of the righteous Son of God.’
‘In the first Psalm, we saw the wicked driven away like chaff; in the second Psalm we see them broken in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’
‘In the first Psalm, we beheld the righteous like a tree planted by the rivers of water; and here, we contemplate Christ the Covenant Head of the righteous, made better than a tree planted by the river of water, for he is king of all the islands, and all the heathen bow before him and kiss the dust; while he himself gives a blessing to all the those who put their trust in him.’
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