Who is in charge of the world?
Our God is the King of the universe. God has set some rules and reigned over the world with them. For example, God has a rule called “gravity.” When we jump we can go up high to a certain height but we have to come down back to the ground because of this rule. If we jump from a high building to the ground, we will be broken into pieces because of the rule. Yes, we can fly and we can go up high but we can do all of them “for a while.” After a while we all have to come down and take a rest on the ground.
This psalm asks questions like this: Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?” When God sets some rules, it is futile for anyone to break it. They say among themselves, “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.” The psalm says that kings of the earth and rulers set themselves against the Lord and his anointed one by saying such foolish statements!
God laughs. God does not have to do anything about it. God says He already set His king on Zion, His Holy Hill. Who is this King? God says to this king, “You are my son; today I have begotten you.” Now we know that this is The Way (Jesus). “You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” When the kings and rulers go against the Way, it is like jumping from up high onto the ground. They will be smashed into pieces. The psalmist advises us, “Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling kiss his feet.”
However, the psalmist also proclaims at the end of this psalm: “Happy are all who take refuge in him!” They are protected by the Creator of the Universe. They have delight in the law of the Lord and meditate it day and night. So, they would not do anything foolish. They would follow the Way. That is “taking refuge in him!” Those will be blessed.