1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Cemeteries are full of foolish folk who imagined a future without God. I’ve done my fair share of funerals and while they can sadden me greatly as many of them were friends or family, most of them were also celebrations. They were celebrations because I was able to rejoice along with the family that had eternal hope (sure promise) that their loved one was not gone forever, but moved on to a much brighter world. And one day, we will see them again. Truly, “Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
On the other hand, there are the Sinatras of this world. You know, to the bitter end, they did it their way. We don’t like to think or talk about submission to Christ’s headship. It may make us feel weak or insignificant to call anyone Master. But in the immortal words of Bob Dylan, “It may be the devil or it may be the Lord but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” May as well be the King of Righteousness instead of the ruler of this world.