‘Hidden Hand’ Meditations No.6: God’s will, WILL be done
Psa 2:6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”
Mt 6:10 “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Psalm 2 is a seriously confrontational psalm. The psalmist starts in the first three verses by speculating about the folly of despotic world rulers who reject God. In the previous study we named some examples of those godless rulers who thought they were greater than God, or even challenged His very existence until, I suggested, they had to face Him at the point of their death.
But it is the reaction to these leaders seen in the following verses that is challenging: “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath.” (v.4,5) They are no threat to the Lord, the Almighty Eternal God of Creation. Indeed, they should be afraid of this all-powerful One. They are puny and they are transient. David, in one of his psalms would say of them, “for like the grass they will soon wither.” (Psa 37:2) How foolish it is for a man to rear up on his legs and challenge Almighty God, a man who doesn’t realise his life is ticking away when he has been given freedom to live in folly, before he faces his Maker.
But it is the following verse that brings the real shock: “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain,” (v.6) followed by descriptions of the coming Messiah, the Son of God, who God HAS established at the centre of His will for the earth. The Son was there at Creation (Prov 8:27-31, Jn 1:3), the Son came to redeem us (Rev 5:9), and when he has finished his reign (1 Cor 15:25) he will return as a conquering king (Rev 19:11-16). All of this is ‘set in concrete’, it is the established will of God that will NOT be thwarted by petty dictators. That is what this Psalm 2 is all about; it reminds us of the truth that God’s providential hand may be hidden from sight most of the time, but it IS there working and moving the whole time. Observe.
Jesus declared, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” (Jn 5:17) Note his words, ”is ALWAYS at his work.” Link this to the apostle Paul’s declaration, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,” (Rom 8:28) and we expect our faith to take on a new depth of understanding for, as we said above, we may not be able to perceive the hand of the Lord for much of the time but that doesn’t mean it is not there. The limitation is ours not His. Perhaps we should be starting challenging ‘coincidences’ which is what the enemy would like us to see rather than the hand of God, but the truth is that, as we shall see there are a number of times in Scripture where someone might shout, “Coincidence!” where in fact it is God.