December 6, 2021 – Psalm 2:1-3 & Acts 4:25-28
The Psalms are full of references to Messiah, his person and his ministry. One of the “Messianic Psalms,” Psalm 2, begins with the assurance that, regardless of what is happening all around us, Messiah (“His Anointed”) reigns: “Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!’” (Psalm 2:1–3).
Peter and John understood that the text points to Christ, declaring that God “who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'—for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place” (Acts 4:25-28). And, so, we sing:
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,
great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity. --James Montgomery (1821)