Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The Messianic hope described here in the second psalm is a hope in the power of the Son. He is the Son of David on His throne and all the nations of the earth are no threat to His rule. They may plot and rage against Messiah's rule, but The Lord simply laughs at their attempts. They cannot succeed against the kingdom of the Messiah. It is impossible.
As I see this world getting darker, I can't help but take comfort in this truth. The nations of this world are warped. They are all involved in killing other people in some way or another. It is easy to point at ISIS in Iraq, but America is now also involved there again, dropping bombs along with humanitarian aid. It's hard to see anything good come from such killing. These nations rage on.
Right here in the midwest, Ferguson Missouri now burns with racial tensions and raging emotion. The rule of the King of Kings is being plotted against close to home. I don't have to look far to see it. My own heart, when in sinful struggle, rebels against the Son.
You are the Son of whom this psalm sings. The nations rage against You. Your call them to repent in Your mercy, to accept Your loving sacrifice and Lordship over them. The day will come, however, when You will swiftly judge this world. May I align with Your rule and take comfort that even as bad as it now is to watch others rage against You, it will not stand.