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Monday, October 3, 2011

Day Two of the Psalms

 Why do the nations rage,
         And the people plot a vain thing?
 The kings of the earth set themselves,
         And the rulers take counsel together,
         Against the LORD and against His Anointed,
saying,
 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces
         And cast away Their cords from us.”
(Psalm 2:1-3)

I also see how the world is growing farther and farther from God. It pains me to think of countries where Jesus is outlawed... and how in countries with freedom like ours, more and more policies are being inacted to restrict the influence of God on the government. Again, all this is in vain, but it is tragic. So many people in power are more concerned about offending people than God, because they do not understand who gave them the power they wield. 

I read this and couldn't help but think the political thoughts above... and they definitely apply. But upon thinking further, I reflect on how, sadly, apart from God all we do and plan are 'vain things.' No matter who we are. We can build an empire, feed a thousand people, raise a wonderful person... but it will all fade away. Apart from God, it's futile.

 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
         The Lord shall hold them in derision.
 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
         And distress them in His deep displeasure:
 “Yet I have set My King
         On My holy hill of Zion.”
       
 “I will declare the decree:
         The LORD has said to Me,
         ‘You
are My Son,
         Today I have begotten You.
 Ask of Me, and I will give
You
         The nations
for Your inheritance,
         And the ends of the earth
for Your possession.
 You shall break them with a rod of iron;
         You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” (Psalm 2:4-9)


When I got to these verses I thought "Wow, yay, there's Jesus!" And I was instantly reminded of Jesus's conversation with the disciples on the road to Emmaus when he "explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." (Luke 24:27) I bet this was mentioned.

How clearly God calls Jesus Son here!

When I read how Jesus will receive the nations as his inheritance, I smiled, because I think of how we're Jesus' beloved bride, gifted to Him by Our Father... then I read the next verse.
"You shall break them with a rod of iron, you shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel."  At first I thought "Oh, I guess that doesn't refer to us Christians."

But it does.  It says "I will give you the nations for your inheritance", there is no difference made between believer and non-believer.

In all of our journeys with God, there must be brokenness. Remember, God doesn't spare the rod from His children. God does break us... and then heal us. Because as we are, we are wholly imperfect. So we offer ourselves to Him, He breaks us... and then fills us with Himself. God loves humility. We must die to Self daily.

God will break every one of us humans. It's like the refining of precious metal. If we allow Him to break us, and fill Him with Himself, then when the dross (Self) is destroyed in the crucible, precious ore remains.But those who never surrender to Christ, they are dross alone. It is tragic, but true.

Christians, we must seek His breaking. It is painful for a time, but it really is worth it. Joy comes in the morning!


Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
         Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
 Serve the LORD with fear,
         And rejoice with trembling.
 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
         And you perish
in the way,
         When His wrath is kindled but a little.
         Blessed
are all those who put their trust in Him. (Psalm 2:10-12)

Yes! So we know from the verse above, we'll all be put under the rule of the Son. So now that we know this, we're told  (or at least our leaders are) to be wise, instructed, and to serve God with fear and "rejoice with trembling". Oh, how I know that feeling! There are times when I'm just blown away by God, when I 'rejoice with trembling!' 

Then we're told to kiss the Son.  And I see "His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him".  See? It's exactly what I said above: if we put our trust in Him, we're broken but only temporarily. Those who put their trust in Him will be Blessed.

We will live with Him forever!

(I came on here to post this thinking I'd write on thing, but God showed me this wonderful breaking insight instead! Yay God!)

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3 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I am so glad you left a comment on my blog, because it led me to yours, and I think this post is so true. We have been having a sermon series on the passage in Mark 8:34, " And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."

    And sometimes we can think death to self is so hard, and so harsh...but honestly it is the Lord's love, because the death of self leads to being filled with the incredible life of God.

    It so reminds me of what you are talking about with "breaking."

    I will come back and read more of your blog later. :)

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  2. I LOVE your series topic! What a blessing! Thank you for this!

    I blog at "Only a Breath" and would love for you to stop by if you have time! I'm writing about "31 Days to Love Your Neighbor". It has been a very interesting journey to say the least! :)

    Have a great day!
    Melanie

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  3. Thank you both so much! :) Yes, the death of self is exactly what I'm talking about. God's really been showing me how much I lack in this department, and how essential it is to our everyday living as His children. It's really the cornerstone of His being able to work through us.

    And I'll definitely stop by at some point, Melanie!

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