This week we continue our study, “Ancient Wisdom for Today”. Our psalm this week is Psalm 2. Psalm 2 has the same subject matter as Psalm 1, but with a different audience in mind. Both Psalms teach us that there are only two choices about how to live your life: God’s way or your own way (or the way of the world or the way of the wicked, etc). Psalm 1 gives us that message as spoken to an individual. Psalm 2 is talking to the whole world. Psalm 2 also has global politics in view. Our world can seem like it is spinning totally out of control. But Psalm 2 tells us that God has things in hand. And, if we are wise, we will orient our lives to follow God’s way.
Here are the notes from the bulletin:
[Note: This outline is originated with Warren Wiersbe, well known Bible teacher and former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago. I heard Dr. Wiersbe preach this outline over 40 years ago, and I still can’t improve upon it!]
1-The Voice of Defiance: the kings of the earth verses 1-3
“We will not be ruled by God!”
2-The Voice of Derision: God the Father verses 4-6
God says: “You don’t really have a say in the matter.”
3-The Voice of Decree: God the Son verses 7-9
The Son says: “The Father has given me authority over ALL.”
4-The Voice of Decision: God the Spirit verses 10-12
The Spirit says: “Be wise and get in line with God.”
We should LEARN from the Lord: “Be wise…be warned…”
We should LIVE God’s way: “Serve the Lord…”
We should LOVE God: “Kiss his feet…”
What should we do?
1-Trust God in the chaos. Breathe. God will vindicate. God will reign.
2-Take God’s warning seriously–we must live in obedience to God’s way.
3-Take God’s warning seriously–you will not follow God by accident. God’s way is not the default of the human race. It will take effort and focus.
THREE SIMPLE AND PRACTICAL STEPS TO START FOLLOWING GOD’S WAY:
A-Daily input–read some part of Scripture. Ask yourself “What should I do?” or “What do I learn about God?”.
B-Daily surrender–daily pray the Lord’s Prayer, but really focus on what you are saying. It’s like a reset button for your soul.
C-Daily examination–At the end of the day, examen your life. Have you followed God’s way? Two possible ways to do this:
Wesley’s Three Simple Rules: They are “Do no harm”; “Do good”; and “Pay attention to God” [my paraphrase].
Today, did you do harm? Ask forgiveness. Do you need to make things right with someone? Today, did you do
good? Can you think of ways you could have done more/better? Today, did you pay attention to God? Did you
read the Bible? Pray? Did you follow those “nudges” of “I should do that” during the day?
The Ignatian Examen (or just “The Examen”): At the end of the day ask yourself two questions.
“For what part of today am I most grateful?” And give thanks for that.
“For what part of today am I least grateful?” And pray to God about that.