Sunday, March 11, 2012

A SUNDAY PSALM: The Treasury of David ~ Psalm 2:12

"Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.
 Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 2:12

Verse 12. Mark the solemn argument for reconciliation and obedience.   It is an awful thing to perish in the midst of sin, in the very way of rebellion; and yet how easily could his wrath destroy us suddenly. It needs not that his anger should be heated seven times hotter; let the fuel kindle but a little, and we are consumed. O sinner!  Take heed of the terrors of the Lord; for "our God is a consuming fire."  Note the benediction with which the Psalm closes: --

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.  Have we a share in this blessedness? Do we trust in him?    Our faith may be slender as a spider's thread; but if it be real, we are in our measure blessed. The more we trust, the more fully shall we know this blessedness. We may therefore close the Psalm with the prayer of the apostles: -- "Lord, increase our faith."

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 rivers of water, for he is made king of all the islands, and all the heathen bow before him and kiss the dust; while he himself gives a blessing to all those who put their trust in him.

The two Psalms are worthy of the very deepest attention; they are, in fact, the preface to the entire Book of Psalms, and were by some of the ancients, joined into one. They are, however, two Psalms; for Paul speaks of this as the second Psalm. (Acts 13:33) The first shows us the character and lot of the righteous; and the next teaches us that the Psalms are Messianic, and speak of Christ the Messiah -- the Prince who shall reign from the river even unto the ends of the earth. That they have both a far reaching prophetic outlook we are well assured, but we do not feel competent to open up that matter, and must leave it to abler hands.

From The Treasury of David:  by Charles Spurgeon
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