Psalm 2

New NoteThe Reign of the Anointed King
Insights from Christ's Authority and Sovereignty



Psalm 2 portrays the authority and sovereignty of God's anointed King. As we explore this Psalm through the lens of the New Covenant and the life of Jesus Christ, we gain insights into Christ's Messianic role, His victorious reign, and the call to honor and submit to Him as King.

Section 1: The Nations' Rebellion, God's Response (1-6)

"1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, 3 'Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.' 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 'I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.'"

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Acts 4:26-27, "The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one."


Section 2: The King's Rule, Nations' Subjugation (7-9)

"7 I will proclaim the LORD's decree: He said to me, 'You are my son; today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.'"

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Hebrews 1:5, "For to which of the angels did God ever say, 'You are my Son; today I have become your Father'? Or again, 'I will be his Father, and he will be my Son'?"


Section 3: The Call to Honor the King (10-12)

"10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. 12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Philippians 2:10-11, "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."



Psalm 2, interpreted through the perspective of the New Covenant in Christ, depicts the sovereignty and universal reign of God, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's proclamation of God's anointed King, who is set upon Zion's holy hill, prefigures Jesus as the ultimate Anointed One, the Messiah, who reigns from the heavenly Zion (Hebrews 12:22).

The psalmist's description of the nations' rage and the kings' plots against the Lord's Anointed finds its fulfillment in the opposition Jesus faced from the rulers of His time (Acts 4:25-28).

The psalmist's declaration of God's response and laughter reveals the ultimate victory of God over all opposition through Jesus' death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

The psalmist's exhortation to the kings and rulers to serve the Lord with fear points to Jesus' authority and lordship over all earthly powers (Philippians 2:9-11).

The psalmist's promise that those who take refuge in the Son will be blessed and receive inheritance finds its fulfillment in Jesus, through whom we have access to the blessings of salvation and eternal life (Ephesians 1:3-6).

Psalm 2 portrays the sovereignty of God and the exaltation of His Anointed One, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, our Lord and King.