Prayer: Almighty God, I am glad You are here and listening, help me to listen to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Where we find refuge
12 …Happy are all who take refuge in him.
Well that’s not all it says! Just before that in verses 10-11 the psalmist writes; “10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling…”
And before that in vs’s 1-9 kings and rulers are admonished to pay attention to the Lord. Not just to pay attention, but to listen with trepidation to what God will do if they do not rule wisely and serve the poor. The Lord can make leaders and destroy them as well.
Our DW writes; “God cares for the people even as many rulers and forces seek to destroy, oppress, and kill. The image of God laughing at unjust powers and ready to break pots is a comfort for those who have suffered, who have been enslaved, and who have been oppressed. God has bigger plans than those of any unjust powers.”
God desires a future when the rich and powerful leaders will be struck down and the lowly raised up. So, take refuge in God’s power, and trust that He will do as He has promised.
Prayer: “Hear the prayers of all who cry to you for help, O God. Thank you for being our refuge. Amen.”
God’s Promise to His Anointed
1 Why do the nations conspire,
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds asunder,
and cast their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord has them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron,
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
with trembling 12 kiss his feet,
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Happy are all who take refuge in him.