Psalm (ELW) Psalm 2
Why are the nations in an uproar?
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together,
against the LORD and against the LORD’s anointed?
“Let us break their yoke,” they say;
“let us cast off their bonds from us.”
God whose throne is in heaven is laughing;
the LORD holds them in derision.
Then in wrath God speaks to them,
and in rage fills them with terror.
“As for me, I have anointed my king
upon Zion, my holy mountain.”
Let me announce the decree of the LORD,
who said to me, “You are my son; this day have I begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall crush them with an iron rod
and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”
And now, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Submit to the LORD with fear,
and with trembling bow in worship;
lest the LORD be angry, and you perish in a sudden blaze of wrath.
Happy are all who take refuge in God!
“God whose throne is in heaven is laughing”. This is not ha ha hee hee of joy and delight. I can imagine this laughter full of derision, sadness, pain, and grief. The uproar is ringing in the highest heavens. The plots and plans of leaders fall far short of God’s hopes for us. We think we have a good idea, that we are on the right track, that we are righteous, that God is in our pocket, and God laughs. How is all of this turmoil in our communities and around the world impacting you and those around you? Are you hopeful? Are you feeling attacked? Are you energized? Are you scared? In these painful and uncertain times, we can and need to be attentive to the weakest and most vulnerable among us. We humbly open ourselves to God’s Word.