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State of the Union

February 6, 2019

No. This isn’t a political post. No analysis of the State of the Union speech. No analysis of current political issues.

Hopefully, it will help put all of it into a biblical perspective.

Consider Psalm 2:

Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

The first observation is that the nations – all of them – are fighting against God and His Anointed, the Messiah. Notice that it doesn’t say, “Some nations.” or “communist nations” or “all but the United States of America?”

Since the Garden of Eden, we have been fighting against God and His Son – individually and corporately as governments. Sure there are good people and government is established by God to maintain peace, protecting the innocent, and punishing the wicked (Romans 13:1-7). But the general intent of nations is contrary to God.

Notice also it doesn’t say that the nations used to fear God and now have turned against Him. The nations have always been against God because they are made up of people who have always been against God. The people who make up the nations have set their hearts against God, so is it any surprise that the nations are set against God?

What’s God’s response?

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision  
(v. 4).

Yeah, that’s right. God is laughing at the rulers of the nations as they make their plans and carry out their strategies. Superiority only goes so far. One nation may be greater than others, but God is greater than all.

After God laughs, He speaks in wrath:

Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”
(v. 5-6).

Then God addresses His Son, Jesus Christ:

Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel (v. 8-9).

The nations might position themselves as world powers, providing solutions to the ills of the world through humanitarian or military means. But they’ve got nothing in comparison to the Creator of the universe.

God’s recommendation concludes the Psalm:

Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him (v. 10-12).

Submit to the true King. Serve the Lord with fear.

Don’t put your trust in the nations, the politicians, the movers and shakers, the military, the economy – or any other evidence of the nations. Put your trust in God.

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