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Regret

Regret

There a lot of things in life we all regret. They are the could of, would of, should of of life. Looking back can bring them all to focus. Regret can cripple us.

But if we make a run for God, we will never ever regret that. We need to use our heads when it comes to what we have authority over and not rebel. We need to learn the lesson that God is in control.

Do we not know that our lives are in danger to ignore God? We need to turn to Him. We need to adore Him. We need to celebrate Him. He is in control. We won’t regret it. Never ever!

So now, kings, be wise;
receive instruction, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with reverential awe
and rejoice with trembling.
Pay homage to the Son or he will be angry
and you will perish in your rebellion,
for his anger may ignite at any moment.
All who take refuge in him are happy.

Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Psalm 2:10–12). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

In view of all that the Master had determined for His “son,” the psalmist exhorted the foolish nations to submit to the king before his wrath was kindled. Many times in the Psalms God is referred to as King. The psalmist instructed the earthly kings to use wisdom and abandon their foolish rebellion. They would be wise to serve the Master with fear and rejoice with trembling.

“Serve,” “rejoice,” “fear,” and “trembling” describe the religious responses of the righteous in worship. They are to lead lives of submission, not rebellion; lives characterized by fear and trembling, not arrogance; lives filled with exultation, not the gloom of oppression.

The image here is that of submission to a sovereign: Kiss the son! Unusual in the verse is the apparent use of bar, an Aramaic word for son. Therefore the versions translate it differently. Jerome rendered it, “Give pure (bar is a Heb. word for pure) worship,” or “Worship in purity,” rather than translating the word as “son.” However, in an address to the nations an Aramaic term was not out of place. Moreover, “kiss” pictures homage. At any rate it is clear that the psalmist is telling the earth’s kings to submit to the Master and to His anointed son, Israel’s king.

The urgency of their submission is expressed by the suddenness of his wrath. It is not immediately clear whether this wrath is the Master’s or the king’s. The nearest antecedent is the king (the son) who will smash opposition. However, in the psalm the two persons are inseparable; a person serves the Master  by submitting to his son. If the nations’ kings do not submit, the king will destroy them, because the Master in angry opposition to their plans has decreed that His son will have the throne.

The final note of the psalm expresses blessing for those who take refuge in Him. The thought of taking refuge in God occurs many times in the Psalms. Again, to submit to the son is to take refuge in the Master’s anointed, and therefore in God as well. Only in the son is there safety from the wrath of God.

The psalm is rich in New Testament application. Reflecting on how the leaders of Israel crucified Jesus, the Messiah, Peter was quick to identify those Jewish leaders with the pagan kings of Psalm 2.

The typological significance of the “son” is seen fulfilled in Hebrews 1:5.

For to which of the angels did he ever say, You are my Son; today I have become your Father, or again, I will be his Father, and he will be my Son? | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Heb 1:5). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

This coronation psalm is quoted here in referring to the exaltation of the Messiah at His resurrection and Ascension. By this He is “declared … to be the Son of God”, a messianic title.

When the Father instructs His Son to ask for His inheritance, then He will bring His Son again into the world. The Second Coming will mean wrath to all who rebel against God and His anointed King, but great joy and refuge for all who by faith submit to God’s plan to rule the world through David’s greater Son, Jesus the Messiah. So the title of “son” from the Davidic Covenant ultimately becomes the designation of Jesus the Messiah as King.