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Dancing in the StreetThis is both prophecy about Jesus and also a message to us as God’s children. Our God is a living, today kind of God.

What is His message to us today? God is in a good mood. He wants the best for us.

See today like you would your birthday. Today is a day of celebration.

What gift do we want from our Heavenly Dad? He will give us anything. Nations? Continents? Dancing in the street? Or, like Solomon, do we ask for wisdom.

I also think this is in the physical as well as spiritual world. He has promised it is all ours. Supernatural courage and His powerful Spirit make it so.

Let me tell you what God said next. He said, “You’re my son, And today is your birthday. What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? Continents as a prize? You can command them all to dance for you, Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.” Psalms 2:7-9 (The Message Bible)

The psalmist spoke of God’s affirmation of the king to show by what right the king rules. The decree refers to the Davidic Covenant in which God declared that He would be Father to the king, and the king would be His son. When David became king, God described their affiliation as a Father-son relationship. The expression “son” took on the meaning of a messianic title.

You are My son, quoted from the Davidic Covenant, is appropriated here by the king to show his legitimate right to rule.

Today then refers to the coronation day, and the expression “I have begotten you” (NIV) refers not to physical birth but is an extended metaphor describing his becoming God’s “son.”

The significance of this adoption of the king as God’s anointed son is seen in his inheritance. As a son inherits from his father, so the king inherits the kingdom from his “Father.” The verse continues the quotation from the Lord’s decree, extending an invitation to the king to ask for his inheritance, which someday will encompass the ends of the earth. People living in these nations, including the rebellious nations, will be subjugated by the Lord’s anointed.

This subjugation is expressed in harsh terms. He will smash (dash … to pieces) all rebellious people as he establishes his reign. The imagery is probably drawn from Egyptian execration customs in which the Pharaoh used his scepter to smash votive jars (pottery) that represented rebellious cities or nations.

The Hebrew verbs in the verse—ra‘a‘ (“break,” NIV) and nāp̱aṣ (“dash to pieces, shatter”)—describe a crushing blow for the rebels. The NIV‘s and LXX’s rule is similar to “break,” but “rule” does not do justice to “shatter” or to the context. The verse describes the beginning of the rule, putting down rebellion.

God is God. God is in charge. God’s Son Jesus is King. God gave Him this role as a result of the obedience of Jesus.

May I seek and ask for His power today. What gift do I want from my Heavenly Dad? May I live like today is my birthday in Him.