And, so, the fourth and last stanza of Psalm 2: “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers 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, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (Psalm 2:10-12).
“Kiss the Son.” This is the descendant/heir who will come from David who deserves honor and worship and praise. He is a king but he is not merely a human king; rather, a divine and eternal king who is above all other kings and rulers. We know these things from so many biblical texts but, here, just think Philippians 2:9-11 and the assurance that “One day, at the Name of Jesus every knee will bow.” As one commentator put it (I remember this but I cannot recall the writer), The question is not, “Are they going to bow and worship him?” The question is, “Will they do it now or will they do it when it’s too late?” Oh, the joys and blessing that are ours who now take refuge in him!
Extol His kingly power,
Kiss the exalted Son,
Who died, and lives, to die no more,
High on His Father’s throne;
Our Advocate with God,
He undertakes our cause,
And spreads through all the earth abroad
The victory of His cross. –Charles Wesley (18th century)