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13 December 2017

 

Wednesday 13th December - Psalm 2

 

There is a joke about a couple watching the news, where one asks, “Shall we watch the 6pm news before dinner and get indigestion, or the 10pm news before bed and get insomnia!’

“Why do the nations conspire, and the people plot in vain?” This is probably the plaintive cry in countless languages across the globe, as people switch on their televisions or read their newspapers. Whether it’s brinkmanship between the USA and North Korea, proxy wars in the Middle East, ethnic cleansing in Mayanmar, the psalmist gives an immediate answer – world leaders throughout the ages have ‘set themselves against the Lord and his anointed’.

 ut we have the virtue of Christian hope. The psalm tells us of the begotten Son of God who will bring all things under his rule – for at the Second Advent of our King, “Every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

The Psalmist gives a warning and a promise: Wise kings, should turn and serve the Lord before the day of his wrath, for “happy are all who take refuge in him”.

May this too be our prayer and our song this Advent, - for our world leaders and for ourselves.  Even so, Come Lord Jesus.

 

 

For further reflection, please read “In Touch with God: Advent meditations on biblical prayers” by Michael & Rosemary Green, pages 55 - 58