Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision. - Psalm 2.1-4
Our world is an anti-God world. The nations still rage. The people are still puffed up in their vain ways. The psalmist wrote that the world he lived in was trying to break any connections with God. They want to break the chains that they felt bind them.
When we look at our world today we can almost scoff at the psalmist. Even in my short lifetime we have seen a world that seems to want to do all it can to break off any semblance of holiness or righteousness or goodness. All sorts of sin have become commonplace and laws are being passed to make sin easier and righteousness harder.
And the world thinks it is winning. It thinks it is winning. It really thinks that it can defeat God. It thinks, along with Nietzsche, that ‘God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.’
If God is dead, as some suppose, then we are not accountable. God did not create the world. God does not sustain the world. Man created God and has outgrown Him. There are no boundaries. There is no right and wrong. People can do whatever they want, except take a stand for God.
It certainly looks like the world is winning.
But, one day God is going to laugh at the silliness of man and his arrogance. Like we chuckle at our children when they try to act grown up and look so silly God will one day laugh at man’s ‘silliness.’ All of man’s supposed greatness will be overawed by God true awesomeness. Man will have his way for a time – but the time for God’s people will come.
Longfellow put it well when he wrote
And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."
We can look forward to the day when God puts to shame all of man’s petty arrogance.