The world has become a scary place for many people. Terrorism is a world-wide epidemic. Disease and hungry spreads more daily. Morals and values have ceased to exist. Leaders of countries give some executive orders that are not allowed by law. While other executive orders are overturned by the interpretation of a judge. There is conspiracy in governments throughout the world. Smaller countries are invaded by larger countries. Although government leaders discuss improvement, no results are seen.
The previous sentences describe Psalm 2:1-2 – Why do the nations rage and the people plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
If you struggle with the trajectory of our world, please give verse 4 special attention. He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Derision means contempt or mockery. In a courtroom, only the judge can hold a person in contempt. The judge understands the important of orderly conduct in his/her courtroom and will hold one who mocks the order in contempt of the courtroom.
According the verse 4, the Lord is the judge of the world. He has set an order and will hold those who violate his order in contempt.
Who, then, is guilty of derision?
None of us are capable to keeping the order God has set, which makes all of us guilty of contempt.
There are four ways to avoid the judgment that comes from derision. They are found is Psalm 2:11-12 – Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
First, we ought to serve the Lord out of reverence and worship. The phrase is to serve the Lord with fear. In other words, our efforts within the kingdom of God should point toward the kingdom of God.
Second, we ought to exalt our king and be emotionally and physically engaged while doing so. The phrase is to rejoice with trembling. Rejoice is the exaltation. Trembling engages our body. Followers of Jesus ought to fully engage in exalting our king. Please note, fully engage does not mean without control.
Third, we ought to respect and honor the Lord in public. The phrase is Kiss the Son. It means to pay homage to the King of Israel through an action of reverence.
Fourth, we ought to take refuge in the Lord. A place of refuge is a place where one trusts he will be kept safe. Our protector should be the Lord. Our provider should be the Lord. The Lord always has our best interest in mind and keeps us safe. I am convinced if we had all the information our Lord has, we would make the same decisions that he makes on our behalf.
Today, if you are struggling with the contempt that takes place around the world, spend some time focusing on our Lord. He is the one who makes all things right and we ought to take time to rest in the safety he provides.