Sara called me last night saying that she’d be just a little late coming home because they closed off the 18th Street exit, because of the NATO Summit happening right here in Chi-town. Our city has been bracing itself for this summit for a little while now. My work’s building has been increasing security more and more as the summit approached.
One reason for the security increase is that the summit draws protestors, from marching nurses to ‘Occupy’ hippies (including even more extreme groups).
With all this stuff going on, I’ve been thinking about a Psalm that deals with something like this happening. It’s a coronation Psalm that foretells the coming of the Messiah, when nations band together against him and his God.
It’s sort of ironic. Whereas NATO attracts protestors, this Psalm portrays the assembled leaders as protestors themselves. Take a look at it.
Why are nations in tumult,
and countries plotting in vain?
The kings of the earth establish themselves,
and the rulers conspire together
against Yahweh and his anointed:
“Let us tear off their bonds,
and cast their cords from us!”
He who sits enthroned in the heavens laughs.
The Lord derides them.
Then he speaks to them in his wrath,
and in his fury he terrifies them:
“But as for me, I have set my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will tell the decree;
Yahweh said to me:
“You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask from me and I will make the nations your heritage,
and your possession the ends of the earth.
You will break them with an iron rod.
Like a potter’s vessel you will shatter them.”
So then, O kings, be wise.
Be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve Yahweh with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son
lest he be angry and you perish on the way,
for his anger burns quickly.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
(Lexham English Bible)