Psalm 2: Wrath on a hill
Jesus stood at the very top of a high mountain
with only the Devil for company
The Devil said
“Look down, look around, see all the kingdoms of the world!
All these nations could be yours to rule!
There’s just one catch
(there is always a catch with the Devil!)
you just have to worship me.”
Jesus looked at the Devil
(silly old Devil, he’s met his match this time!)
“Shove off, tempter” he said,
“I have no need for you. I worship the Lord my God.
I serve the God of heaven and earth and only him.” Matt 4:8-10
You see, Jesus had the words of Psalm 2 running through his veins.
“You are my son; today I have conceived you.” Psalm 2:7
Jesus stood on the mountain laughing at the powers of evil and the powers of men.
His Father, too, offered him the nations to rule
“I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill. 2:6
Just ask and to the ends of the earth all shall be yours
to control, to break with a rod of iron,
or to dash to pieces like a useless pot.” 2:8-9
Jesus stood on top of the mountain looking evil in the eye
and looking his God in the face
He looked deep into the ways of humanity
our plotting to bust free of God
nothing was hidden from him
all rage and judgment, all power and conflict
and Jesus chose his own way
He came down the mountain
inviting people into God’s kingdom
Blessed are those who take refuge in God
Blessed are the poor, the humble, the persecuted
Blessed are you who choose Jesus’ way.
Psalm 2: You are my child
Hear God’s word to you:
“My dear, my beloved, you are my child
and I am your Father.
I will give you more than you could ask or imagine.
You can trust me completely.”
Photo by Ian Thomson