February 18

Psalm 2:1-6

“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision.” vs. 4

The psalmist was absolutely convinced that Israel was God’s chosen nation and that the king was God’s anointed. Any other nation then, that conspired against Israel or sought to overthrow the king was doomed to failure–no earthly ruler could possibly subvert the will of the Lord. Of course the psalmist was mistaken. There were any number of nations that easily overran Israel and overthrew her kings. But the psalmist is right in pointing out the arrogance that periodically infects the rulers of this world. It’s as though they have never read any history. Again and again presidents and monarchs have come to believe that their country is invincible, that their power is overwhelming, that no other nation can stand against them. They build up their armies, spend trillions on weapons, and thumb their noses at the world. And “he who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision.” Kings and nations come and go–ultimate power belongs only to God. Sometimes the arrogance of world leaders is hard to watch. We know they are bound to fail, and inevitably the innocent citizens of their countries are the ones who suffer. Their laughable escapades and ridiculous posturing are obscene, an affront to all that is good and decent in our world. Our only comfort is the sure and certain knowledge that one day the rulers of this age will be humbled and God’s kingdom will come.

Thought for the Day: What’s the relationship between arrogance and power?

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