Meditation on Psalm 2


Our Text: Psalm 2

Read slowly through the whole passage.

Read Psalm 2 a second time and ask: What does this Psalm teach me about:

  • Who God is?
  • Who we are?
  • Who Jesus is and what he has done? (i.e., how does the Gospel relate to this passage?)

Read Psalm 2 a third time and ask: *

  • Adoration-How does this lead me to adore and praise God?
  • What attribute of God does it show?
  • Confession-How does this lead me to confess or repent to God?
    • What wrong thoughts, feelings, and behavior happen in me when this is forgotten?
  • Thanksgiving-How can I thank Jesus for being the ultimate answer to this sin?
    • How is this sin being caused by an inordinate hope for something to give me what only Jesus can really give me?
  • Supplication-What does this lead me to petition God for?
    • What do I need from God if I am to realize this truth in my life?
  • Why might God be showing me this today?


Summary of Sunday’s message

The Main Point of the Text: Just as the first psalm connected hearing, believing, and obeying God’s Word with life and blessing, the second psalm connects this same life and blessing with trusting in the Lord’s chosen king: the Messiah.

The Main Point of the Sermon: In so doing, Psalm 2 shows us who we are, who God is, and how we should respond      to him.

Who Are We? (Ps 2:1-3)

  • We all live in a world that doesn’t trust and obey God
  • Reflect on Rom 3:10-12
  • We Are All Rebels against God.

But Our Rebellion Does Not Change Who God Is.

Who Is God? (Ps 2:4-6)

  • God is sovereign over creation: his control, presence, and authority.
  • God is a personal God.

What Does God Say & Do about Our Rebellion? (Ps 2:7-9)

  • God wants you to know that he has made his Son, Jesus Christ, judge of the whole world.
  • You cannot do anything you want.
  • God wants you to know that he is near and involved in our lives.
  • You cannot do anything you want

So What Must You Do? How Should We Respond to Who God Is? (Ps 2:10-12)

  • A Warning: Judgment is coming.
  • An Invitation: Find refuge in his Son.

If Christ is your refuge-your salvation-then

  • How does knowing God is a personal God who is incredibly patient and merciful toward you lead you to adore and praise God this morning?
  • How does knowing God is deeply offended by your sin challenge the way you will speak and act this week?
  • How can you thank Jesus for being the ultimate answer to a specific sin that clings closely to your heart?
  • What do you need to ask God for this morning as you seek to trust and obey him?


* These questions are from Tim Keller, Gospel Christianity: Course 2 (N.p.: Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2005), 23.