Let Me Tell You What God Said Next

Several days ago, I started a new Bible study.  Initially, I was going to do a study on the Corinthian books, but before I cracked open the text (or better clicked open), God said to me, “Nope, I want you in the book of Psalms.  I want you to rediscover your identity in Me.  So go there.   We are going to have a great time.  Wait and see.”

So I started at the beginning.  I figured working my way through Psalms, a Psalm at a time, or even several verses in a Psalm would be the best way.  (Listen… listen… listen… Yep, that will work.)  So I spent some time in the Psalm 1.  It introduces the entire Psalter so it deserved me spending some time there.   Not to glaze over its significance, but for brevity’s sake, I’ll summarize its meaning.  Psalm 1 describes the character of the righteous and of the wicked.  It describes the fate of each.   Then, it concludes by describing the Lord’s role in each fate.

OK, I got it; so I moved on to Psalm 2 this morning.  Another short Psalm, so I thought I could tackle it in one morning…

2 1 Why do the nations rage
and the people plot in vain?

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.

Verses 1-6 are beautiful and I encourage you to spend time there.  The focus of this blog, however, are verses 7-9.   They read:

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.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 2:9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Those verses stopped me in my tracks.

(Before I go on, for all you Bible scholars, I know that this is a Messianic Psalm that is speaking of Jesus and pointing to Him.  I also know that the Holy Spirit uses the scripture to speak directly to us.  I also know (even more so now), that I am a son of God, a joint heir with Christ.   I am not the Messiah, but I am a son, so what follows is truth according to the Holy Spirit speaking to me.)

7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.

The Lord decrees that I am His son!  Wow!  At the beginning of this study, the Lord said to me, “I want you to rediscover your identity in Me…”  It didn’t take Him long to affirm that I am heading down the right path.  It didn’t take Him long to show me who I am in Him and what He wants to do in my life.  (To myself: Now don’t forget that Todd, as you are so often prone to do!!!)

As I often do in a study, I do a parallel comparison of different versions.  When I read the same verses in The Message, they read:

Let me tell you what God said next.
He said, “You’re my son,
And today is your birthday.
What do you want? Name it:
Nations as a present? continents as a prize?
You can command them all to dance for you,
Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.”
Peterson, E. H. The Message: the Bible in contemporary language. (2005). (Ps 2:7–9). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

What words of encouragement!  If that doesn’t make me want to grab hold of my Daddy’s hand and hang closer to Him, I don’t know what will.  “You’re my son”.  Thanks Dad!!!  I’ll take the nations and the ends of the earth.  But first, can we just start with my household?  In fact, can we just start with the household of my heart?  Yep, that sounds like a plan.   Let’s get that cleaned up and walking in Your righteousness, then I’ll take a neighborhood, a county, a state, a nation, and whatever else You want to give me.

Lord, you have (re)planted a seed in this heart that I am Your son.  As I continue to work my way through this study in Psalms, help me to learn the depths of what that means.  Just as David and the other Psalmists learned from You, teach me to understand the wonders of being Your son.  And for those who happen upon this blog, teach them that they are sons and daughters of the Most High God — a Daddy that wants to give them the world.  Thank You for Your Word and the encouragement it brings to our lives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

About Todd Bowman

I am a child of God, a husband to Mindy, a father of seven beautiful children of God, a student of the grace of God in Christ, a worshiper, a teacher, a musician and singer, a writer, a nerd, a geek, and a general advocate of mercy and service.
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