Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
1-6 Why the big noise, nations?
Why the mean plots, peoples?
Earth-leaders push for position,
Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks,
The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers:
“Let’s get free of God!
Cast loose from Messiah!”
Heaven-throned God breaks out laughing.
At first he’s amused at their presumption;
Then he gets good and angry.
Furiously, he shuts them up:
“Don’t you know there’s a King in Zion? A coronation banquet
Is spread for him on the holy summit.”
7-9 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.”
10-12 So, rebel-kings, use your heads;
Upstart-judges, learn your lesson:
Worship God in adoring embrace,
Celebrate in trembling awe. Kiss Messiah!
Your very lives are in danger, you know;
His anger is about to explode,
But if you make a run for God—you won’t regret it!
Something to Chew…
God is God and we are not. No one on earth is like God. Only God is God, was God and will be God. God is unchanging though our world changes continuously. Many leaders will rise and fall. Nations will rise and fall in man assumed power. But One remains in control, unchanging in His desire to be with us, love us, and commune with us.
Nations of people try to push God out of all that is created by their own hands. God laughs at those tiny puffs of supposed power. “Let’s get free of God!”, they scream. Satan is after a whole generation who will not know the Name of Jesus Christ, but God laughs and gives His One and Only Son power and authority over all.
A healthy fear of God is sincere honesty with humility before God, knowing He is God and willing to follow Him. When the world seems on the attack, RUN, don’t walk for God, our protector, guide, and lover of our very soul. No one is like our God. No regrets in saying yes to God!
What evidence of rebellion against God do we see in international events? In national events? In local events? In the lives of our coworkers? How can we help reconcile at least one person to Christ?
What do we learn from this psalm about God’s sovereignty? How does knowing God is sovereign, help us face life’s challenges?
Prayer of Honesty
Dear Heavenly Father,
We laugh with you at those who think they are in control of life’s challenges with only human conjured power. But our heart also breaks with You when others just wander around without You. Help us to always point the wanderers to You. You are God and we are not. We run to You with all that is in us.
In Jesus Name, Amen