Psalm 2:1 “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?”
[Why? Because people are rebels by nature, like a proud and pugnacious rooster, and fight against God as a normal way of life. Just like Eve, they think that it is better to follow their own wisdom rather than the clear direction of God.
It is, of course, futile that they do this though, for no one can prevail against God. As it says in Psalm 33:10-11, “The Lord foils the plans of the nations and thwarts the purposes of the people. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever and the purposes of his heart through all generations.”]
Psalm 2:2 “The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One.”
[Lord, this is such a ridiculous move! To take a stand against the Mighty One, the Speaker of worlds, the Breather of Stars, the Spinner of the earth and the Bringer of the dawn. They may think they are opposing a person—king David or the man Jesus–but they are, in reality, joining forces against the living God.
As with the kings who fought against the children of Israel in the invasion of the promised land, there was no hope of winning, no possibility of standing. The mighty hand of God was against their rebellious plans, so no one and nothing could save them.
Lord, I confess that I, too, at times tend to take a stand against you, for my natural heart is that of a rebel. Alert me to this early on and help me to reject this desire to be independent of your wisdom, love and grace. Help me to quickly repent, to bow before you in brokenness and joy, allowing your Spirit full reign in this life you have given. And may I thereby bring joy to your heart and honor to your name before men and angels.]