The Futility of Opposing God By LeRoy Brownlow

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One. ‘Let us break their chains’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’ “Psalm 2:1-3

The Second Psalm deals with conflict: Messianic power and the sinner’s rebellion. In the rebels’ rebellion they rage, plot, take their stand against the Lord and say what they shouldn’t. Evil men have always felt that God’s rule is too restrictive; so the sinners chafe and gall in their ill-fated desire for uninhibited living, they say, let us break (God and His Anointed One’s) chains (restrictions) and throw off their fetters (verse 3). No chains, no fetters, no controls. What a terrible picture!

However, their evil imaginations are vain and to no avail. They are left defeated and crushed. The Lord shall laugh at their foolishness (verse 4). Hold them in derision, contempt. “He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath” (verse 5). Our God is merciful but firm. How silly of man to think he can win in opposing God! God’s rules cannot be overthrown. Every attack against Him rebounds against the attacker. Against Him, you face defeat! But with Him you are a sure winner.

He always wins who sides with God,
To him no chance is lost;
God’s will is sweetest to him when
It triumphs at his cost.
~~ Fredrick William Faber

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