TLIC Psalms. January 3. Kiss the Son.

Read Psalm 2:5-12. 5Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6“As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 10Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss 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.

Rather than raging against the Son (Psalm 2:1) we should kiss the Son. Why? Because he is God’s king, established by God to rule from his holy hill. More importantly, he is God’s son, begotten of God. This language takes us back to the Davidic Covenant. God promised to make David and his descendants his very own sons who will rule forever – “I will be his father and he shall be my son.”  

But Psalm 2 is about something, and someone, far greater than the Davidic dynasty. It’s about Christ himself. Psalm 2 was quoted at Christ’s baptism and his transfiguration, establishing Jesus as God’s begotten son-king. After living a life of perfect obedience to God, God then set Jesus on Zion, the holy hill. Not on a throne of glory, but on a cross of shame. While the nations raged against Jesus, they were becoming his heritage by the purchase of his blood. Now Jesus sends us to the ends of the earth to make every nation his possession. His disciples. His kingdom. His church.

Where are you in Psalm 2? Are you waging war against God’s anointed? Or will you be wise and warned? Are you raging against Christ in your apathy, your refusal to obey his will? Or will you kiss the Son today and every day, submitting to his authority over your life? It’s easy when you remember that his throne is a cross upon which he gave his life for you before demanding anything from you.

To live is Christ is to honor Christ as king. King of the nations and king of your heart.

Prayer. Jesus, help me take refuge in you today. You are my king. I kiss your feet with my life. Amen.

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