Refuge in God

March 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Even though Psalm 2 is about the anger and wrath of God against those who conspire against Him, it functions as an invitation to embrace Him and find refuge in Him.  The possibility of God’s wrath and the reality of God as refuge come together in the invitation of verse 11:  “Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.” The fear of the Lord refers to the respect that He deserves as the One upon whom ultimately everything depends.  God knows our temptation to run after all kinds of idols for our well-being.  We constantly live in the illusion that we can create our own happiness and determine our own destiny by choosing to invest in all kinds of treasures beside God.  But, as Hugh MacKay once said, “Although we love the idea of choice – our culture almost worships it – we seek refuge in the familiar and the comfortable.” In Psalm 2, God invites us to find Him the familiar and comfortable one.  Because, “blessed are all who take refuge in him” (2:12).  God will always be restless until our hearts find rest in Him.

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