God laughs at nations who conspire against him. Certainly numerous regimes have declared Christianity dead down the years, and yet it’s still roughly one third of humanity.
I looked at the most Christian countries by percentage. Greece, Romania, Venezuela, Ecuador, East Timor. They don’t have much in common – its a cross cultural religion for sure.
We discussed the kingdom of God at our homegroup the other day. It is invisible. It’s organic, modeled on the endless replenishment of nature… Seeds fall randomly, many of them fail, but many grow while no one is looking, and any small seed can become a mighty tree.
To people who find it, it is of inestimable value – a pearl of great price, a stash worth buying a whole field for.
It is now. In parallel to the ambitious earthly kingdoms, claiming people in every nation. It is in our hearts, and growing as we tell and live Jesus’ love.
And it will be in the future. When only the eternal part of us remains, and the universe reverts to unalloyed splendor, as all the tears are wiped away.
It doesn’t say who wrote the psalm. Back in the day, it was as if it was about Israel’s power. But if so it turned out somewhat overstated, compared to how Israel fared.
Hebrews would explicitly identify Jesus as the son of God referred to, which is unsettling, as the son speaks in the first person here. The psalm is, in a way, by Jesus.
Sharing a joke with the father about the various earthly kingdoms plotting and planning their glory. It tells them how to be wise.
“Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.”
Ends with the first reference of so many in psalms to God being a blessed refuge.
This is how I think it is. This is why I don’t go crazy with fear. This refuge is my calm.