Mankind flies in the face of God and screams this sentiment from the mountain tops (or at minimum, does so quietly and calculatingly, but mostly just loudly and pre-meditatively). This is what is clear in the second Psalm:
“Why do the nations rage and the people plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” Psalm 2:1-3
What is the real issue here? The answer is plain to see. God is in charge. He possesses all authority (see “LORD” and “Anointed”) and humanity hates it (see “rage,” “plot,” “against,” “burst,” and “cast away”).
Where we tend to miss the bullseye in Psalm 2 is our inability to realize WE are guilty of self-rulership, not just those evil kings and rulers or even those heathen nations and people groups all over the world. When verse 1 says “nations” and “people,” it is referring to all people, and since well, you and I are people, that verse is likewise talking about us.
Every day we are faced with a dilemma. Will we choose to “rule” our lives (it’s in quotes because we can’t actually rule our own lives but we’ll sure try, won’t we?), or will we surrender to God’s rule since, you know, it’s His job to begin with?
Practically the way this looks in our own lives comes through the answer to the following question:
“Am I the point of my life?”
Most of the time, the answer to this is yes. Functionally I live out my days with me in the center. And God is justifiably not good with this (2:4-6). We were never designed to be the point. We were designed to make God the point (“…whom I created for my glory” Isaiah 43:7).
Why? Because when He is the point, I am free from the pressure of having to rule my life. Let’s be honest, we make for terrible rulers because that isn’t our job description. We need God to be king and thankfully, He is! Additionally, He is a good king. He invites us to continuously “take refuge in Him” (2:12) as King and as Savior. He does not only rule our lives well, but He rescues our lives. This is something we could never live up to.
Instead of living up to the pressure of “this is my life and I’ll do what I want with it,” we can now freely say “God, my life is Yours, so do the good work You have already started and will faithfully complete!”