[CF Devotionals] 2005-01-16 - Just Who's in Charge?

Psalm 2, Part 1

It seems as if the question that is on everybody's mind is; "Who's in charge here?" The question creates an ongoing battle at the individual level. Husbands and wives fight over who is in charge in the marriage. Children and parents fight over who is to be in charge in the home. Employees and bosses fight over who is in charge in the office, and individuals fight over who is in charge in society. Throughout our society, fighting goes on, politicking continues, all over the question of "Who's in charge?"

Right now, the question is; "Who's going to get Assemblyman So and So's old Assembly seat?" The district is deciding whether it will be one Republican/Democrat or another, or none of the above, who will be "in charge." And of course in the Middle East it isn't clear if anyone is in charge. Throughout the world fighting goes on, politicking continues, all over the question of "Who's in charge?"

This same question creates hostility and rebellion within the church. Churches fight over whether the denomination or the local church is in charge. "Religious" leaders fight over whether they or their elders are in charge. "Theologians" debate whether scripture or their views are in charge. And one big question is whether or not the Bible or social pressures are supposed to set direction for life, morality and everything. "Believers" argue what or who is in charge over the Christian life, experience or God's word. Throughout Christendom, fighting goes on, politicking continues, all over the question of "Who's in charge?"

Introduction: Apparently there are a lot of people who don't have any idea of who is in charge. But they are clear about one thing--they want to be! Satan told Eve that she and Adam could be gods. The cause of the fall is the basis of sin today, people putting themselves in God's place. The author of Psalm 2 understands the final battle over who is in charge is between mankind and a sovereign God. But, as we will see, there really is no battle, because scripture states who is in charge. The problem is that people don't want to accept the answer.

To be continued.

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Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations foregather,
 and the peoples number their troops?
2 Why do kings of the earth take their stand,
 and the princes make common cause
 Against Yahweh and against his anointed?
3. "Let us snap their bonds,
 and throw off their yoke from us."
4 The Enthroned laughs down from Heaven,
 the Lord makes sport of them.
5 Then he drives away their lieutenants in his ire,
 and in his fury discomfits them.
6 But I have been anointed his king,
 upon Zion his holy mountain.
7 Let me recite the decree of Yahweh;
  he said to me:
 "You are my son,
  this day have I begotten you.
8 Ask wealth of me and I will give it;
 the nations will be your patrimony,
 and your possessions the ends of the earth.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron,
 shatter them like a potter's jar."
10 And now, O kings, be prudent,
 take warning, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve Yahweh with reverence,
 and live in trembling, O mortal men!
12. Lest he grow angry and your assembly perish,
 for his ire flares up quickly.
 How blest are all who trust in him! 1
1 Dahood, Mitchell, The Anchor Bible, "Psalm 2," Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1978, p. 6.