What a song is before us. Human beings have written some profound songs, but absent inspiration, no man could have penned the words of Psalm Two. Its breadth and depth exceed man’s imagination. It records a conversation between the Father and the Son that no human ear was privy to. God has voiced His eternal purpose to establish His Son upon a throne in Zion (v. 6). The Son responds by repeating His Father’s inalterable decree that recognizes the eternal relationship between the first two Beings of the Trinity: “Thou are my Son; this day have I begotten thee” (v. 7). And the Father answers: “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession” (v. 8).
“Ask of me.” Far from suggesting a subservient role or an inferior status for the Son, this request by the Father affirms the deity of Christ. It cedes to the Lord Jesus Christ, carte blanche, the authority to rule over the world and all its inhabitants. Some men have tried by dint of force to rule the entire world and have managed to bring large percentages of its population under their control, but none has ever successfully ruled over all mankind; furthermore, none has done so by virtue of legal or moral authority, but only by occasion of brute force. Not so here. God, the true and sole Sovereign of the universe acknowledges in this statement that Christ shares equally in that sovereignty. Additionally, the timing of the granting of the request is solely at the discretion of the Son. The implication of “Ask of me” is “when you will.” As the Servant who came in humility, there were things that Christ voluntarily chose not to know (Matt. 24:36), but as the Eternal Son who died and rose again, all things are His as He declared: “All power [i.e., “authority”] is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18). The first chapter of Hebrews (which quotes Psalm 2:7) is devoted to demonstrating that Christ is not only superior to all men but also to the angels. He is God.
“I shall give thee the heathen [“Gentiles”] for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” Clearly, Christ has not yet asked for His “inheritance” or His “possession.” But this song affirms that such a time is coming. For millennia, men have sinned and rebelled with seeming impunity. For eons men have denied the existence of God. For ages men have rejected the deity of Christ; and His death, they believe, remains a curious historical footnote with no lasting relevance to anyone living today.
But they do not take into account Psalm Two, verse eight. They do not realize or acknowledge that the Son of God has been given the Gentiles and the ends of the earth for a possession. He has but to ask, and they will fall under His immediate dominion. No one will escape His authority or avoid His reach. No island will be so remote, no cave so inaccessible that someone living there will avoid the authority of the Son of God. Once He came in humility to suffer and die for the sins of the world. But soon “the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations” (Matt. 25:31, 32a). Because of both creation and redemption, all things belong to Christ, but Christ is now patiently awaiting the receipt of His inheritance, content for the present to sit on the right hand of the Father until the Father makes Christ’s enemies His footstool (Psa. 110:1; Matt. 22:44; Heb. 1:13). For when you are God and work all things after the counsel of your own will (Eph. 1:11), you can wait patiently knowing full well when and what all will transpire. In this song, God has told us of His Son’s impending enthronement because He is certain to bring it to pass.
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