Category Archives: Evolution

Psalm 2:5-12 – The King is Coming!

the KingContinuing an earlier devotion from the Messianic Psalm 2, we pick up today’s prophetic reading when the LORD, in response to the rebellion of the kings and inhabitants of the earth, not only laughs at their preposterous supposition they should rebel against the God of creation, but reveals His wrath against them (2:5).

Psalm 2:5 – Then shall he [the LORD] speak unto them [the kings and rulers of the earth] in his wrath [anger], and vex [trouble; dismay; alarm] them in his sore displeasure [burning anger; wrath].

The psalm continues with the LORD Jehovah revealing His plan to appoint His Son, Messiah, Christ the King, to rule the earth “with a rod of iron” (2:9).

Psalm 2:6-9 – Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion [a mountain upon which Jerusalem was built]. 7  I will declare [number; tell] the decree [statute; ordinance]: the LORD hath said [commanded; to tell] unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten [beget; bare; born] thee [i.e. according to Acts 13:33, this is a reference to Christ coming forth from the tomb]. 8  Ask [desire; require] of me, and I shall give [put; deliver] thee the heathen [nations; Gentiles] for thine inheritance [possession], and the uttermost parts [ends] of the earth for thy possession. 9  Thou shalt break [hurt; afflict] them with a rod [i.e. like a shepherd’s rod] of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces [scatter; disperse] like a potter’s vessel.

signs of the timeWe live in a day of God’s bountiful grace and mercy; however, God warns He has appointed a day when His wrath will be unleashed against the rebellious people of the earth.  Peter warned the last days would be marked by a generation of “scoffers”, men who openly mock the God of Heaven, pursuing and enslaved to “their own lusts” (2 Peter 3:3); holding in derision those who look for the coming of the Lord and asserting nothing has changed from “the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:4).

Surely this is that generation, a generation that despises the God of Creation and is willfully blind to the handiwork of the Creator, Maker and Designer.  They reject the revelation of God’s judgment against the antediluvian world of Noah’s day.  They deny the evidences of the catastrophic judgment of the worldwide flood (2 Peter 3:5-6) and foolishly presume upon the grace of God that they shall escape the wrath of God (2 Peter 3:7).  They mock the faith of believers who, after 2,000 years, continue to watch and wait upon the LORD’s coming; failing to understand that “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).grand canyon

My friend, 2015 has passed into history and 2016 may be the year the LORD will return for His bride, the church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).  Rather than fretting and worrying over the state of the world and wondering when the Lord will return; realize every day that passes without God’s judgment is a testimony of His grace and “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).  As sure as the sun rose on the eastern horizon this morning, we are assured the Lord is coming and His judgment will prevail (2 Peter 3:10).

Psalm 2 concludes with a twofold message; verses 10-11 addresses kings and leaders of humanity; verse 12 is directed to all the inhabitants of the earth.

Psalm 2:10-11 – Be wise [understand; prudent; act wisely] now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed [disciplined; corrected; taught; warned], ye judges of the earth. 11  Serve [do; work; worship] the LORD with fear [dread; reverence], and rejoice [be glad; delight] with trembling [fear].

The leaders of the earth are admonished to be wise, teachable and serving the LORD with reverential fear knowing God will hold them accountable, not only for their rule, but also the influence they bear upon those entrusted to their care (2:10-11).

Psalm 2:12 – Kiss the Son, lest he be angry [displeasure; enraged], and ye perish [die; fall] from the way [journey; path], when his wrath is kindled [burns; consumed by fire] but a little. Blessed [Happy; i.e. prosperous] are all they that put their trust [confidence; hope; i.e. find refuge] in him.

We close today’s devotional thought with an exhortation and a promise of the LORD’s benevolent care.  God’s people are exhorted to “Kiss the Son”, indicating the intimacy of the Lord’s company and find sanctuary in His good graces (2:12a).  Finally, an abiding promise that those who put their faith, hope and confidence in the LORD are the benefactors of His love, grace and care: “…Blessed [Happy; i.e. prosperous] are all they that put their trust [confidence; hope; i.e. find refuge] in him” (2.:12b).

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Psalm 29:1-11 – A psalm of praise

creationWe examined the opening verses of Psalm 11 in an earlier devotion and noted the angels of heaven were called upon to give the LORD the praise and honor due His name (29:1-2).

Psalm 29:1-11 – Give [bring; ascribe] unto the LORD [Jehovah; Self-Existent, Eternal God], O ye mighty [son; children], give [bring; ascribe] unto the LORD glory [honor] and strength [power; praise; boldness; might].  2 Give [bring; ascribe] unto the LORD the glory [honor] due unto his name [character; reputation]; worship [bow; do reverence; prostrate] the LORD in the beauty [honor; glory; splendor] of holiness [hallowed; consecrated; sacredness].

The presence and majesty of the LORD in His creation is stated in verses 3-10.  Caution: Before you rush through the reading of the following verses, take time and reflect on how the order of creation, its design and perfect balance reflect the omnipotence and omniscience of the creator.  As I am writing this brief devotional thought I am looking out over the Atlantic Ocean and the sun is predictably rising in the east and the tides of the ocean are  rising and falling in their course.

sun and cloudsPsalm 29:3-10 – The voice [sound; noise; thunder] of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory [honor; reputation] thundereth [roar]: the LORD is upon many [great; much] waters.
4  The voice
[sound; noise; thunder] of the LORD is powerful [strength]; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty [glory; honour].
5  The voice
[sound; noise; thunder] of the LORD breaketh [destroy; crush; abolish] the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh [destroy; crush; abolish] the cedars of Lebanon.
6  He maketh them also to skip
[spring; leap; frolic] like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion [mountain peak in Lebanon] like a young unicorn [i.e. wild bull or ox].
7  The voice
[sound; noise; thunder] of the LORD divideth [cut in pieces; engraved] the flames of of creation
8  The voice
[sound; noise; thunder] of the LORD shaketh [be pained; tremble] the wilderness [desert place]; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh [i.e. a place in the desert].
9  The voice
[sound; noise; thunder] of the LORD maketh the hinds [doe or female deer] to calve [give birth], and discovereth [make bare; uncover] the forests: and in his temple [palace; sanctuary] doth every one speak [command] of his glory [honor; great reputation].
10  The LORD sitteth
[dwells; abides] upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth [dwells; abides] King for ever [everlasting].

David concludes today’s psalm of praise assuring Israel that the God of heaven and creation will strengthen and bless the people and nation that puts their trust in Him.

Psalm 29:11 – The LORD will give [grant; put; deliver] strength [power; might] unto his people [nation]; the LORD will bless his people with peace [shalom; health; prosperity].”

“Oh Lord, gives us men and women who will call upon you and lead our nation in the path of righteousness.  Give us preachers who will preach your Word with boldness and challenge this nation to repent, turn from its sinful ways and put their trust in you. Amen!”

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith

Psalm 2:1-4 – The Sovereign of Creation is King and the King of kings!

creationIf you read the entirety of Psalm 2 you should realize it is a Messianic Psalm, a prophetic utterance regarding the person and coming of the Messiah the Lord Jesus Christ.  Notice God the Father’s declaration in Psalm 2:6-7 that His Son, the “begotten” of the Father is King who will reign on the “holy hill of Zion” (the historic and ancient site of Jerusalem).  The psalm ends with an exhortation to make peace with the Son of God [“Kiss the Son”] and an invitation to place one’s faith in Christ–“Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him” (2:12).

Our devotional study today is taken from Psalm 2:1-4.

Psalm 2:1-4 – “Why do the heathen [the nations of the earth] rage, and the people imagine [ponder; speak; declare] a vain thing [empty; worthless]2  The kings of the earth set [stand; withstand] themselves, and the rulers take counsel [consult] together, against the LORD [Jehovah; Eternal, Self-existent God], and against his anointed [Messiah], saying3  Let us break [break down; pluck off; tear away] their bands [bonds; chains; shackles] asunder [break down; tear away], and cast away [cast down; fling] their cords [ropes; chains] from us. 4  He that sitteth [dwells; inhabits; abides] in the heavens shall laugh [scorn; mock; hold in derision]: the Lord [God] shall have them in derision [mock; scoff; sneer; deride].”

united nationsThe raging of the nations of the world and their bent for war and bloodshed dominate the nightly news around the earth.  It seems there is not a corner of the world where there is not war or impending war.  The United Nations, the embodiment of the nations of the world congregating and orchestrating with no consideration of the Sovereign God of Creation, plot and plan in vain to keep peace apart from and in opposition to the Prince of Peace.  Make no mistake; the rulers of the earth are mere figureheads, front men (and women) for Satan and his minions—the rulers of darkness (Ephesians 6:12) who, from the fall of Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-15), have set themselves against the God of Heaven (Psalm 2:2).

Why this provocation of rebellion against God? Why this hatred for the Son of God?  We read in verse 3 it is because men have rejected God, His Law and the order of His creation. Some declare themselves atheists, agnostics or skeptics; others are atheists in the practical sense—stating their belief in the existence of God while living in opposition to His Law and order.  There is no God declares the fool (Psalm 14:1; 53:1), as though His rejection of the LORD of heaven and earth diminishes His rule or judgment.

The nature of man is one of sin and rebellion.  Having denied God, rejected His Law and turned to his own way, man proposes he is the sovereign of his soul and destiny.  We read in Psalm 19:1, The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.”  Romans 1:20 declares, For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”; and yet man denies the Creator and proposes his own explanation for nature.war

Having rejected His Creator, cast aside the “bands” and “cords” of God’s Law (Psalm 2:3), man becomes a law unto himself.  The diminishing of America’s military leadership in the world has paralleled her moral decay as a nation.  The murder of the unborn and the celebration of moral depravity on a scale that rivals ancient Rome are indicative of a people whom God has given “over to a reprobate mind” (Romans 1:28).

What is God’s response to the foolishness of men and nations that reject Him? “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision” (Psalm 2:4).

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith