Bible Reading: Psalm 2; Isaiah 9:6-7
I HAVE CHRIST IN MY HEART
What though wars may come,
With marching feet and beat of the drum,
For I have Christ in my heart;
What though nations rage,
As we approach the end of the age,
For I have Christ in my heart.
God is still on the throne, Almighty God is He;
And He cares for His own through all eternity.
So let come what may, whatever it is, I only say
That I have Christ in my heart,
I have Christ in my heart.
I used to sing this song a lot. It was written by a man named Wendell Loveless. Wendell was a Marine Corps officer during World War I. Converted as a result of reading his Bible at home, he later became the director of the radio department at Moody Bible Institute from 1926-1947. He wrote this wonderful song in 1940, as the dark clouds of World War II were gathering. He knew something about the horrors of war, but he also knew the Savior. The message of the song resonates because there have always been wars, even as we hear of looming conflicts in our own time.
Psalm 2 speaks to these realities. To understand this Psalm we must realize it applied first to the writer, King David. The schemes of the rulers against God’s anointed, spoken of in the Psalm, were rooted in the time of David’s reign, when the vassal nations sought Israel’s harm. David, the anointed ruler of Israel, wrote the Psalm to speak of the folly of rebellion against God’s anointed to whom God had made promises. Yet it is also obvious the Psalm stretches far beyond David’s experience. In fact, Psalm 2 is quoted seven times in the New Testament. Peter quoted from it in Acts 4:25-27 concerning the rejection of Jesus at His first coming. So the passage clearly and ultimately speaks to the ongoing rebellion of the nations and their rulers and the people against God’s anointed Ruler, Jesus Christ.
There are three main truths taught in this Psalm. 1) The nations and their rulers have rebelled against God (Psalm 2:1-3). You won’t hear about this on the news, but consider how little thought is given by any leaders in our day as to what our creator God thinks about anything. Though they might pridefully reject God, plotting and taking counsel together in their pursuit of wealth and power, the reality is they are mere pawns on God’s chessboard (Daniel 2:21, 4:25). 2) God is sovereign over all. He will fulfill His predetermined plan to judge man’s rebellion (Psalm 2:4-9). In pride they plot and scheme, as from heaven God laughs. The One who works all things according to the counsel of His will, already has a plan in place. All will be brought into subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ, who will reign over all! Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord. Whether as a loving worshiper destined to eternal glory, or as a rebel doomed to eternal destruction. 3) We must submit to Him while there is still time (Psalm 2:10-12). The warning applies to all. We need to show wisdom and take warning, by bowing in submission and fear before God, giving reverence to His Son. We are to submit to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior lest we “perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled” (Psalm 2:12). As Matthew Henry put it, “Those who do not bow, will break!”
If you are following the news, you are aware the end times predicted in the Bible appear to be close at hand. Yet even if His coming is delayed, there’s no guarantee any of us will have another day on this earth. If you do not obey the gospel and believe in Jesus before then, you will face the wrath of His judgment. On the other hand, “blessed are all who take refuge in him” (Psalm 2:12). The One who came first as a Lamb, is coming again as a Lion. In times like these how good it is to “have Christ in my heart!”
Heavenly Father, the long war against You and Your anointed rages on. It seems to us to be a never ending conflict, yet we know You are in control. Though the wrong seems oft so strong, You are the ruler yet. Your plan and your purposes will prevail and every person on this earth will be brought into subjection to Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we measure the news according to the truths of Your Word. Wars and troubles may come our way. Leaders may reject You and do much harm. No one and nothing can work to stop You from fulfilling Your predetermined plan. May our hearts rejoice in Your sovereign and loving purpose. Help us to be careful to ensure we’ve turned to you for refuge. And help us to rest in You, even as we eagerly await the coming of Your Son. In Jesus name. Amen.