We read the newspapers and hear the news broadcasts reported on a bias basis of what is happening on the ground. If only there is balanced reporting including what the Bible says, then we will understand more fully, and be more prepared and able to respond accordingly. Often man addresses symptoms but not the root causes – man looks at the outward appearance but God looks on the heart.
1Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed saying 3“Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” Psalm 2:1,-3
Matthew Henry gives us some clues: http://biblehub.com/psalms/2-1.htm
2:1-6 We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ.
As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. The truths and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts. We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God’s commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom. The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavours of his enemies. Christ’s throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers.
Verse 1. – Why do the heathen rage? The psalmist writes with a vision before his eyes. He “sees Jehovah upon his throne, and Messiah entering upon his universal dominion. The enemies of both on earth rise up against them with frantic tumult, and vainly strive to east off the fetters of their rule.” Hence his sudden outburst. “What ails the heathen (goim),” he says. “that they rage?” or “make an uproar” (Kay), or “assemble tumultuously” (margin of Authorized Version and Revised,Version)? What are they about? What do they design? And why do the people – rather, the peoples, or “the masses” (Kay) –imagine (or, meditate) a vain thing? It must be “a vain thing;” i.e. a purpose which will come to naught, if it is something opposed to the will of Jehovah and Messiah. The vision shows the psalmist Jew and Gentile banded together against the gospel of Christ. Its scope is not exhausted by the exposition of Acts 4:26, but extends to the whole struggle between Christianity on the one hand, and Judaism and paganism on the other. “The peoples” still to this day “imagine a vain thing” – imagine that Christianity will succumb to the assaults made upon it – will fade, die away, and disappear.
Let us be careful not to unwittingly join forces with the enemies of God, in imagining” a vain thing. “. Amen.
Are we behaving in the church, like the enemies of God ?
God help us to honor Him in all we do. .