"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."
(Ecclesiastes 1:9; King James Version (KJV)
I absolutely love having a research project. I am thrilled to be finally diving into the Psalms! After all, I consider myself a musician, and "The Psalms were written to be sung". (Halley's Bible Handbook)
There I said it. I am a musician! I have had such feelings of inferiority my whole life. But lately, as the clock of my life is ticking faster, I realize I need to rewrite my internal script.
I am a good person. I am a child of God. I am a musician. I am a teacher.
And I am finally believing these things.
Today's Psalm is Psalm 2. This psalm is considered to be a "messianic psalm". It portrays the "deity and universal reign of the Messiah". (Halley's Bible Handbook)
It seems to echo the feeling of our world today. However, this is nothing new.
"Since the beginning of time, the world has known strife. The history of man is essentially the history of war. One of the earliest of all historical records, a Sumerian bas‑relief from Babylon (ca. 3000 B.C.), shows soldiers fighting in close order, wearing helmets and carrying shields (James Boice, The Last and Future World [Zondervan], p. 98). There have been almost non-stop wars ever since."(Psalm 2: Is The World Out Of Control?, Steven J. Cole: https://bible.org/seriespage/psalm-2-world-out-control)
1. Why do the nations conspire,
and the peoples plot in vain?
2. They arise, the kings of the earth;
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.
3. "Let us burst asunder their fetters.
Let us cast off from us their chains."
4. He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord derides and mocks them.
5. Then he will speak in his anger,
his rage will strike them with terror.
6, "It is I who have appointed my king
on Sion, my holy mountain."
7. I will announce the decree of the Lord:
The Lord said to me, "You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
8. As of me and I will give you
the nations as your inheritance,
and the ends of the earth as your possession.
9. With a rod of iron you will rule them;
like a potters jar you will shatter them. "
10. So now, O kings, undertsand;
take warning, rulers of the eath.
11. Serve the Lord with fear;
exult with trembling, pay him your homage,
12. lest he be angry and you perish on the way,
for suddenly his anger will blaze.
Blessed are all who trust in God!
It is late. I will have to end here. It is actually later than I realized. For tonight we turn our clocks ahead one hour. Oy! Whoever thought of such a ridiculous notion. I never seem to recover that lost hour. If you are curious about the history of daylight savings time, here is a somewhat interesting article: http://www.snopes.com/science/daylight.asp
I think I will skip it, hit the hay and try to get a head start on tomorrow.