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PSALM 2: FOUR VOICES OF PSALM 2

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Yet have I set My King in Zion on My holy hill of Zion” (Psalm 2:6, NKJV)

Every book has these 3 basic parts, beginning, middle and end. In Psalm 1 and Psalm 2 we are introduced to the Psalter, and we can identify 4 distinct voices.

FOUR VOICES OF PSALM 2

VOICE 1: (v.1-3) The Nation of Israel cast off restraint from God.

The psalmist’s amazement at the plans of the nations to overthrow the Messiah (Lord).

VOICE 2: (v.3-6) God the Father fulfills His righteousness regardless.

The Lord laughs at their plan to overthrow God and will speak in burning wrath against them.

VOICE 3: (v. 7-9) God the Son declares what God the Father has said to Him.

God shows His son David has a right to rule and He will smash rebellious people to pieces.

VOICE 4: (v.10-12) The Holy Spirit entreats me to accept the Son.

The King exhorts the people before God’s wrath is kindled and they are smashed to pieces.

Classification: The Bible Knowledge Commentary classifies Psalm 2 as a Royal Psalm which the kings of Israel applied to themselves; it is also an indirectly Messianic Psalm.  Peter compares the pagan kings of Psalm 2 to the Jewish leaders in Acts 4:25-26. Acts 13:33 shows application to His Coronation and Ascension. In Romans 1:4 Paul gives Jesus the Messianic title, “Son of God”. So the title “son” from 2 Samuel 7:14 ultimately becomes the designation of the Son of God as King.

Israel seeks to cast off restraint from God.

God laughs at the way they have trod.

God declares His people have been a fool.

They will be punished in God’s holy school. 

The four voices of Psalm 2 describe a path to Christ’s Messianic rule. 

QUESTIONS

How is Psalm 2 an introduction to the book of Psalms?

How do the four voices in the table above apply to us today?

Why is Psalm 2 called a Royal psalm? 

Reference to four voices is: Alfred Martin, Psalms: Songs of Praises, Moody Correspondence Course, 1968, pages 38-39.