Psalm 2 records actual historical events that hover around an historical person called David. David was anointed by God to be king over Israel but His purpose and His commitment to fulfilling it in and to David was opposed by foreigners like the Philistines and also by his own people Israel in people like Saul and Absalom. Despite that opposition God in faithfulness and because He was adequate set David on the throne and there he sat all his days, having been declared to be God’s son (a royal title such as supreme earthly kings would bestow on their successors). But in this case while Nabopolassar’s son Nebuchadnezzar would sit on the throne of Babylon David would sit on the throne of God (1 Chronicles 28:5 and 29:23 where Solomon replaces David on the throne of the Lord (Yahweh). See too 2 Chronicles 9:8 and the acknowledgement of the Queen of Sheba.
Once more, Psalm 2 is a rehearsal of God acting within history and bringing about His will in actual historical events. Many truths are embedded in His actions which are intended to reveal truths about the God who involves Himself that way. The historical moment in which the historical events occurred are laden with truth that is not confined to David and that historical moment. God did not cease to be God when He fulfilled His purpose to David against enemies of that time. Nor was God’s commitment to David an isolated event that was an end in itself. It was part of an unfolding purpose that lasted long after David moved out of this life (Acts 2:25-31).
To use the category of narrative David had his personal and historical place in the “story and plot” of the divine Author. He played his part (lived it out) and then moved off stage and the “play/drama” continued as others stepped on to life’s stage.
Peter and the brothers and sisters take note of Psalm 2, its historical reality and revelation of God and in Acts 4:23-26 and in prayer they remind one another that “God has done it again!” He did it in David back in 1,000 B.C and (they insisted) “He has done it again in our day in Jesus Christ!” And they thank and praised God for His faithfulness and His adequate power in the face of Israel & Rome.
Psalm 2 isn’t a “prediction”—it is a rehearsal of a time when God revealed Himself and His sovereignty over all opposition, it was a time when He reigned in David “in the midst of His enemies” and Peter simply cries, “He has done it again!” It isn’t that God acted “back then” and isn’t doing anything now! Now He reigns through Jesus whom He raised to glorious deathlessness! The gospel word of His promises and purposes is no dead letter, it is no “once upon a time” record. The Bible’s rehearsals of Psalm 2 & Acts 4. God’s Word is not dead! It’s “alive!” (Hebrews 4:12), it is “spirit and life” (John 6:63) because it‘s the voice of the ever-living God about the ever-living Lord Jesus given to us by the ever-living Spirit of the Father and His Son! And the kind of thing God did in 1000, BC or in 33 AD He is doing now!
In the face of entrenched evil, in the face of invisible hosts of wickedness that express themselves in history even here and now, in the midst of His enemies, God is raising people from their death in sin to sit in faith-filled living hope alongside Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:5-7; Colossians 2:11-12 with 3:1-4). GOD IS DOING IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN! And in a coming day He will bring all His promises to an unending climax and full fulfillment.
Those who are “in the know” will rehearse that truth about God on this coming Lord’s Day!
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