Many Christians are feeling the erosion of freedoms under post-Christianity in Western nations, or the lack of them in non-Christian nations. As we do, Psalm 2 provides a marvelous reminder of reality, snapping our present contexts into the broader present context. Here are some of Charles Spurgeon’s reflective notes on the Psalm:
“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-4)
“A medal was struck by Diocletian, which still remains bearing the inscription, ‘The name of Christians being extinguished.’ And in Spain, two monumental pillars were raised, on which were written: I. ‘Diocletian Jovian Maximian Herculeus Caesares Augusti, for having extended the Roman Empire in the east and west, and for having extinguished the name of Christians, who brought the Republic to ruin.’ II. ‘Diocletian Jovian Maximian Herculeus Caesares Augusti, for having adopted Galerius in the east, for having everywhere abolished the superstition of Christ, for having extended the worship of the gods.’ In this the people imagined a vain thing, for far from being dead, Christianity was on the eve of its final and permanent triumph, and the stone guarded a sepulchre empty as the urn which Electra washed with her tears. Neither in Spain, nor elsewhere, can be pointed out the burial place of Christianity; it is not, for the living have no tomb.
Herod, the fox, plotted against Christ, to hinder the course of his ministry and mediatorship, but he could never succeed; this is the way it has been all along. This is why the Psalmist asks, ‘why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?’
There is no greater testament to the reality of the vanity of human plots against Christ and his church than the empty tomb. He is risen! He who sits in the heavens laughs. He has made his Son the King of glory. The marvelous present reality is that this King of glory is also the Savior of sinners, and that in love and mercy he calls all to repentance, faith, and new life.
“Now therefore, O kings, be wise… serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:10-12)