READ Psalm 2:1–4
1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the LORD scoffs at them.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹The Lord is secure in who he is and what he is about and knows the freedom we seek, is shallow compared to the freedom he offers. It’s like in the gesture of a laugh he saying, “You don’t really even know what you want, you think there is freedom apart from me, but truth be told, true freedom is found in my presence” – that’s a mouthful in a laugh.
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹I repent of the fact that I to can be found trusting in my own devices rather than leaning of the everlasting arms.
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹God’s laughter isn’t mean spirited, or spiteful, but it does speak volumes to our ignorance and ill mannered ways when we try to seek freedom or satisfaction apart from him. I aspire not to make God laugh at me, I Aspire to make God laugh with me as we enjoy each other’s company.
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide.
Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
NO INTIMIDATION. Each day the media highlights new things to fear. The “powers that be” in society tell us that obedience to God shackles us, limiting our freedom. In reality, liberation comes only through serving the one who created us. Those people and forces that appear to rule the world are all under his Lordship, and one day they will know it. God still reigns, and we can take refuge in him from all our fears. So to be intimidated by the world (Psalm 2) is as spiritually fatal as being overly attracted to it (Psalm 1)
Prayer: Lord of the world, people resent your claims on human lives. I fear to speak of you for fear of ridicule or anger. But you are not intimidated by the world “powers,” nor should I be. Help me to know the joy of obedience and the fearlessness that goes with it. Amen… In my turning away there is the laughter of sadness, but in by turning back there is laughter of joy. If I have to hear you laugh may we be laughing together.