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.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: The Lord shall have them in derision.”
God laughs at these men! That may possibly be one of the last things you would expect Him to do, but he laughs! This laugh, however, is not one you would want to hear. This laugh would shake you to your core instead of making you feel lighthearted. As Spurgeon writes: “Mark the quiet dignity of the Omnipotent One, and the contempt which He pours upon the princes and their raging people. He has not taken the trouble to rise up and do battle with them. He despises them, He knows how absurd, how irrational, how futile are their attempts against Him. He therefore laughs at them.” God laughs at these foolish men. He scoffs at them. He mocks them. He holds them in derision and contempt.
In this verse is also the contrast between the kings and the LORD. Notice the language used here. It refers to the kings as being from “the earth”, but as the LORD as sitting in “the heavens”. Calvin, in his commentary, writes: “…[B]y terming them ‘kings of the earth’, he expressed their feeble and perishable condition; so now, by the lofty title of “He that sitteth in the heavens’ he extols the power of God, as if he had said that power remains intact and unimpaired, whatever men may attempt against it. Let them exalt themselves as they may, they shall never be able to reach to heaven; yea, while they think to confound heaven and earth together, they resemble so many grasshoppers, and the LORD, meanwhile, undisturbed, beholds from on high their infatuated evolutions.”
What does the Lord then do after He laughs at and mocks the kings who rise up against Him?
“Then shall He speak to them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure.”
Notice that our Lord doesn’t smite them (at this moment anyway). Rather, He speaks; He sends out His Word. He speaks unto them, and what He tells them greatly vexes them or disturbs them.
What does he say that so vexes them?
“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”
These kings of the earth who come up against the Lord and against his Christ now are facing the fact that there is a king who reigns above them. Martin Luther’s famous hymn asks and answers the question; “Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus is it He!” Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Christ reigns! These other kings rise to and fall from power, but He reigns now and forever. Spurgeon writes: “Is that not a grand exclamation! He has already done that which the enemy seeks to prevent…Jehovah’s will is done, and man’s will frets and raves in vain. God’s Anointed is appointed and shall not be disappointed…Yet Jesus reigns…Even now He reigns in Zion, and our glad lips sound forth the praises of the Prince of Peace.”
In Isaiah 9:7 we find: “Of the increase of His government and peace, there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon kingdom, to order it, and to stablish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth, even forever: the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.”
Earthly kings, whether godly or wicked, do not reign forever. Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated the 60th year of her reign in what was her Diamond Jubilee. 60 years on the throne is a long time for a monarch to reign. Not many make it that far. Rarely have any reached the 60 year mark or surpassed it. King’s get old, they get sick, and they die. They may be assassinated. Their subjects may revolt and depose them. They may also do as King Edward VIII and abdicate the throne. However the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, shall reign forever, and His kingdom shall have no end. Christ our Lord cannot age, nor can he get sick and perish, He cannot be assassinated, He cannot be deposed, and He will never abdicate. His throne is forever.
To Be Continued…