1: Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3: Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4: He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5: Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6: Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7: I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8: Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10: Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11: Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12: Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed ye Judges of the earth.”
While Judgment Day is still in the future, while you still are able, turn from this foolish rebellion. Take notice of this warning.
“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”
We, and all people, are instructed to serve Him with fear or reverence. In Psalm 111:10, we find that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Be wise by fearing God. Paul, in his litany showing us what sinners we are in Romans 3, ends with “There is no fear of God before their eyes”. (Romans 3:18)
There is not a lot of fear or reverence for God today, even, sadly, among professing Christians. He is used as a marketing ploy; His Holy Name is used as a curse word, and in other ways not pleasing to Him. Don’t be like the world, be wise and fear God. Matthew Henry writes “We are exhorted to reverence God and to stand in awe of Him…we must serve God in all ordinances of worship, with a holy fear. We must rejoice in God, but still with a holy trembling.”
Why should we fear God? We should fear God because of His holiness, because God is holy and because His law is holy, God hates all transgressions against His law and holiness. He hates all sin. All sin. All sins are transgressions against His holy law, whether (in our eyes) large or small. We, therefore, as Christians, knowing God’s absolute hatred of sin, ought to pursue holiness in our lives, without which, the Bible says, “No man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14) Our Lord tells us “I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy, for I am holy.” This is echoed by St. Peter: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation: Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44; I Peter 1:16)
Knowledge of God’s holiness ought also to lead us to worship. God, who is absolutely holy in who He is, and all that He does, is worthy of worship. We do not worship such gods as the Greeks and Romans did, who, in manner of life and conduct, were as depraved as any of their devotees, but we serve a God who is all holy and all righteous.
“Kiss the son”.
While a great many people claim to revere God, yet there are several who give little thought to His Son, Jesus Christ. When some of these do make mention of Christ, it is only in terms of Him being called “a good teacher”, “a wise man”, or even some may go as far to call Him “a prophet”. In Matthew’s Gospel, it tells us: When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Phillipi; he asked His disciples, saying “Whom do men say that I, the son of man, am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the Prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered, and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16) Just as today, there were some content with showing some form of recognition of Him as a prophet or a teacher, but a few, like Peter, will confess that a prophet and teacher though He may be, He is much more than that. “Kiss the Son”, not the prophet, or teacher, but “the Son”.
Matthew Henry writes: “’Kiss the Son’, not with a betraying kiss, as Judas kissed him, but with a believing kiss. With a kiss of affection and sincere love: ‘Kiss the Son’; enter into a covenant of friendship with Him, and let Him be very dear and precious to you; love Him above all, love Him in sincerity, love Him much, as she did to whom much was forgiven, and in token of it, kissed His feet. (Luke 7:38) With a kiss of allegiance and loyalty, submit to His government, take His yoke upon you.”
“…lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little.”
Those who do not kiss the Son, those who do not submit to Christ, those who do not surrender to Him, will perish. As we learned in the 1st Psalm “The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish”. Because God is holy and just, He has to punish sin. Sin cannot go unpunished. The bad news is shown to us in Romans 3:10-18, 23. We are all guilty of transgressing God’s law, and we all justly deserve His wrath and judgment. So the ultimate question is: “How can I escape the judgment of God”?
The answer is “Kiss the Son”, or to use other words, put your trust in Him. The same God who is all-holy, is also all-merciful. God in His mercy decided to provide a way of deliverance from His eternal wrath. He sent His Son, who became incarnate, made like sinful flesh, but without taint of sin. He lived a life of perfect obedience to God and His law, then He suffered God’s wrath for sin on the cross, died, was buried, and then rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father, is our mediator and advocate, and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
To escape God’s wrath and judgment, one must simply turn from their sins (what the Bible calls “repentance”), and have faith in Christ and His finished work. The kingdom of heaven is open to all who believe in Him. They shall have eternal life. This is the Gospel, or good message.
“Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.”
No reason to ask why this is, we know it already. Those who trust in Him have the gift of eternal life, and eternal fellowship with God our Father, and His Anointed, Christ Jesus, our Almighty Lord and Sovereign.
Almighty God, we give you praise for those bands and cords which the rebellious seek to cast off, but we know that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. We acknowledge Christ as King over all, and give thanks for His unchanging government. We ask, Lord, let us walk ever before you rejoicing, but with holy fear. In love and allegiance, we kiss thy dear Son, and we put our trust in Him. Our lives are blessed because of it. We thank you for your blessed Word; for your love, mercy and grace; for your holiness and righteousness; and for your Son Christ. We ask all these things in His dear Name. World without end. Amen. +