Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine 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 bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
With the knowledge that we must understand this Psalm dispensationally, that is, what it is about and to whom it is written, does it not speak to us concerning our world right now? Yes, I understand its Messianic, or further how that this song speaks of the state of the world, not only at the first visitation of God’s Christ to His world, as described in Acts 4:24–28, but also in His return to defeat the world’s rebellion and set things in order as described in Revelation 19.What we are seeing each day is exactly what is described in the 2nd and 3rd verses:
“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 bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
I cannot think of a better way to define ungodliness than that. If you want to see what that looks like, look at the direction the world is moving at an ever faster pace. If only they would hear and take to heart what comes next:
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
“Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”
Murder. Mob action. Violence. Mayhem. Looting. Stealing.
This is what ungodliness looks like.
There is a redefinition of good and evil, right and wrong. It seems like just yesterday the word around the world was that there was no such thing as sin, yet now, people are being told that they need to atone for sins that they had no part of. And this is during a month where pride in sin is actively celebrated, in the main stream.
And all of the social gospel “Christians” agree with all of this stuff.
Where is the real gospel? You know, the one that is about how God Himself took on human flesh to actually atone for sins that we actually did and do have a part of.
Is it not wonderful to know our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the atonement!
The good news:
All this time, while evil men and seducers wax worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:13), and it seems as if this ungodliness has never been worse, we have a gospel especially for the ungodly:
Romans 5:6 — “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
Romans 4:5 — “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
While the ungodly rage, and shake their collective fist at their creator, raging against God’s Anointed, saying, “We will not have this Man to reign over us”, our gracious God is still reaching out to them offering grace and peace through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The time is short, and the offering of grace will not last forever, but we know this much, that our gospel is a gospel for sinners, and that Christ died for our sins, and now while there is still time, we pray in Christ’s stead
“…be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” — 2 Corinthians 5:20–21
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