The Lord’s Anointed

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“I will in­stall my king on Zion, my holy moun­tain. I will pro­claim the Lord’s de­cree: He said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have be­come your Fa­ther.’” Psalm 2:7

The sec­ond Psalm de­scribes a corona­tion cer­e­mony. Such cer­e­monies are the norm in many Monar­chies, but this is dif­fer­ent be­cause the king that is crowned here is the Lord’s King. In fact, the Psalmist tells us that this King will in­herit the na­tions and pos­sess the ends of the earth (verse 8); He is not just any king, but the King of kings, whose do­min­ion will be uni­ver­sal.

Who is this King? On the sur­face, the Psalm is talk­ing about King David, who was anointed by the Lord to rule over God’s peo­ple. Un­der his reign, Is­rael pros­pered as her en­e­mies were sub­dued and her bor­ders ex­tended. God’s anointed King thus ruled over a glo­ri­ous king­dom of jus­tice, peace and pros­per­ity. How­ever, David and His King­dom were merely shad­ows of a far greater King, and a far greater King­dom, that were still to come, and the New Tes­ta­ment writ­ers re­veal that this Psalm finds its ul­ti­mate ful­fill­ment in Je­sus Christ.

Al­though he was re­jected and cru­ci­fied by men, God raised from the dead and ex­alted Him to the high­est place, crown­ing Him as Lord and Ruler over all (Acts 4:2528; Philip­pi­ans 2:5-11), and as peo­ple all over the world hear the gospel and bow to His Lord­ship He is re­ceiv­ing the na­tions as His in­her­i­tance. Al­though His King­dom and glory are veiled, for many con­tinue to defy His rule, the Bi­ble prom­ises that this King will one day re­turn in glory to bring His King­dom in all its full­ness. On that day, those who rebel against him will be de­feated: ev­ery knee will bow and ev­ery tongue will con­fess that Je­sus Christ is Lord.

The Psalmist thus en­cour­ages us to do the wise thing: ac­knowl­edge Christ as King, bow to His Lord­ship, sub­mit to His gra­cious rule and find your refuge in Him. In­deed, there is no greater bless­ing and priv­i­lege than to be­long to Christ’s King­dom. Bryan Marx Gra­ham­stown Bap­tist Church

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