Why do the nations rant?
Why do the peoples rave uselessly?
2 The earth’s rulers take their stand;
the leaders scheme together
against the Lord and
against his anointed one.
3 “Come!” they say.
“We will tear off their ropes
and throw off their chains!”
4 The one who rules in heaven laughs;
my Lord makes fun of them.
5 But then God speaks to them angrily;
then he terrifies them with his fury:
6 “I hereby appoint my king on Zion,
my holy mountain!”
7 I will announce the Lord’s decision:
He said to me, “You are my son,
today I have become your father.
8 Just ask me,
and I will make the nations your possession;
the far corners of the earth will be your property.
9 You will smash them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them like a pottery jar.”
10 So kings, wise up!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord reverently—
trembling, 12 kiss his feet
or else he will become angry,
and your way will be destroyed
because his anger ignites in an instant.
But all who take refuge in the Lord are truly happy! (Psalm 2, Common English Bible)
We fall short, we miss God’s mark
Our sin moves us to tremble
The One who has the power
Power to condemn or embrace
God calls us to serve, respond
Serve God and serve your neighbor
Serve not from duty, serve from love
Approach God’s throne with reverence
Where do God’s children find joy?
We don’t find joy in the world
The worldly leaves us lacking
We find joy in our creator
We seek refuge and shelter
We place trust in humanity
Refuge is not in our hands
Shelter is in the Lord’s hand
Human shelter is lacking
In it there is no joy found
In the Divine One is joy
Come near, bow down, trust the Lord
My life, it comes from God’s hand
The One who created my life
It is God, and I will trust
In God’s shelter will I trust.
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