Finding Refuge in the King of Zion (Psalm 2)

Last week we embarked on a study of selected Psalms for the summer. We began with Psalm 1 and the way of the blessed man. This week we continue our series looking at Psalm 2 and the blessed Messiah-King.

In verses 1-3, we learn that the nations of the world plot against the Lord’s anointed

  • Using examples, identify ways in history that rulers and nations have held counsel and plotted against the Lord. Do we see any indications of such rage and plotting in America or the world today? Be specific.
  • What do you believe is the root cause of the nations rage against the Lord’s anointed (consider v.3)

In verses 4-6, we learn that the Lord mocks the rebellious efforts against Him

  • Why does God’s laughter and derision at the wicked and their vain attempts against Him justified?
  • In verses 5-6, God speaks in wrath declaring the coronation of the King of Zion. Who is this King? What is Zion, my holy hill?
  • Is the appointment of the King of Zion good news, bad news, or both? Explain.

In verses 7-9, we learn about the Messiah-King’s position and rule.

  • The phrase, “You are my Son…” is echoed at Jesus baptism in the synoptic gospels (Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, and Luke 3:22), revealing to us who the King of Zion is. Why is this King of Zion’s sonship important to His position and rule?
  • The Apostle Paul’s preaches the good news at Antioch in Acts 13:13-52. Pay close attention to verses 32-33. How does Paul’s quotation of Psalm 2 expand and enrich our knowledge and understanding of this passage?

In verses 10-12, we learn that all rulers and nations must submit to the King of Zion.

  • How do these final three verses serve as both a warning (v.10) and a comfort (v.12)?
  • What does it mean to, “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling?” (v.11)
  • How does the final benediction serve as a literary bracket with the opening line of Psalm 1? What relationship are we to see between the way of blessed man of Psalm 1 and the refuge of the blessed man of Psalm 2?

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