Songs of human origin seldom contain depth of meaning; in fact, because the words are insipid, many songs are remembered and repeated for the sake of the music alone. Not so the songs inspired by deity: they are songs, not only to be sung, but to be studied, meditated upon, and marveled at. Few verses better illustrate this truth than today’s text. The Second Psalm is highly dramatic. The psalmist begins in his own voice by asking a question: “Why do the heathen rage . . . ?” The answer comes through the voice of God, who declares that His purpose to establish an earthly kingdom under the Messiah will come to fruition: “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill Zion” (v. 6). Then the voice of the Messiah breaks in: “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee” (v. 7). The layers of truth contained in this single verse have blessed saints for ages.
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