Dad Can Get Mad – Psalm 2

Psalms chapter two has been difficult for me to approach today. If I only look at the verses that talk about God being angry, scoffing, rebuking and mocking, I’d seriously squirm. Not because I don’t understand or like them, but because it’s hard to explain their value to people who don’t have healthy, godly family relationships.

It’s OK for God to be angry. In fact, he’s the only One who can do so righteously. To keep the discussion simple, let’s start in the heart of the chapter with these verses.

“I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession'” (Psalms 2:7-8 NIV).

He has decreed that he’s our Dad. Do you know a committed, involved dad who never gets angry? No such thing. God doesn’t lose control of himself in his wrath, but he wouldn’t be our Dad if he wasn’t upset about his children being enslaved, seduced, robbed, tortured, etc.

The last verse issues a warning to those who cross him (vs. 10), and a comforting invitation.

“Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (the end of verse 12).

I am blessed that he’s my Dad.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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