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Psalm 2

Psalm 2

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BY J. STRACEY. MA.


Thou art my Son ; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I
shall give thee the heathen for thine ittheritance : and the uttermost
parts of the earth for thy possession," — Psalm iL 7, 8.
BY J. STRACEY. MA.


Thou art my Son ; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I
shall give thee the heathen for thine ittheritance : and the uttermost
parts of the earth for thy possession," — Psalm iL 7, 8.

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PSALM 2BY J. STRACEY. MA.Thou art my Son ; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and Ishall give thee the heathen for thine ittheritance : and the uttermostparts of the earth for thy possession," — Psalm iL 7, 8.THERE are two things certain respecting this secondpsalm: first, that it was written by David; andsecondly, that it refers in a very especial manner toChrist our Lord. It is quoted again and again in theew Testament as belonging to our Saviour. Thus inActs iv. we read, when Peter and John returned fromthe presence of the council, they " reported all that thechief priests and elders had said unto them. Andwhen they heard that, they lifted up their voice toGod with one accord, and said. Lord, thou art God,which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, andall that in them is : who by the mouth of thy servantDavid hast said. Why did the heathen rage, and thepeople imagine vain things ? The kings of the earthstood up, and the rulers were gathered together againstthe Lord, and against His Christ. For of a truthagainst thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed,both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, andITS REFERECE TO CHRIST IIthe people of Israel, were gathered together." Herewe have the exact words of this Psalm, with the decla-ration that it was written by David, and in referenceto Christ our Saviour. In Acts xiii. we have S. Pauldeclaring that these words, "Thou art my Son; thisday have 1 begotten thee," specially refer to the Lord'sresurrection. Again, in Hebrews i., he quotes them inproof of the superiority of Christ to the angels; andin chapter v. he refers them to the Lord's priesthood.Also we must not forget that they were the verywords spoken in the clouds at our Lord's baptism byS. John, and again at His transfiguration.
 
This is a most remarkable testimony to the in-spiration of this psalm ; for thus we find it used atour Lord's baptism; at His transfiguration; by theapostles after their first appearance before the council ;by S. Paul in proof of the Lord's resurrection, after-wards in proof of His superiority to the angels, andlastly in proof of His eternal priesthood. Its firstwords relate to the Saviour's passion: "The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers took counsel together,against the Lord, and against His anointed." The nextpart refers to the Lord's triumph over all His enemiesby His resurrection from the dead. The third partrefers to His spiritual kingdom as embracing aU heathennations, and all the most, distant lands. And the lastverse is an invitation to all people to serve Him, asthey who refuse to do so shall perish; but they who12 PSALM II.do serve Him shall be blessed for ever throughHinLThe first part is of coarse an historical fact, onewhich we all know and understand. Our Lord's name,Messiah or Christ, means "The Anointed;** and weknow how all the powers of this world rose up tocondemn and cast Him out On the morning of thecrucifixion alone He appeared before the high priestand council ; then before Pilate, the Boman governor ;and then was sent by him to Herod, and by him back to Pilate. Thus priests and governor and king allalike condemned him — ^the first with the earnest desireof destroying Him. Pilate, against his own will andconscience and conviction, passed sentence of deathupon Him at the bidding of the mob ; and Herod withhis men of war derided the silent sufferer. But God'sways are not as our ways. What man did for thedestruction of the new religion, was the ordained wayby which it should be for ever established in the heartsof men. "He that dwelleth in heaven laughed themto scorn ; the Lord bad them in derision." The sorrowsof that Friday morning soon gave way to the joys of Easter Sunday. The crucified became the first-begottenfrom the dead, " the firstfniits of them that slept." Itwas fulfilled: "Thou art my Son; this day have I
 
begotten thee." As He was the first man who hadfulfilled God*8 will perfectly in the flesh, so was Hethe first man to rise again from the dead, the proof andTHE CHURCH TO BE CATHOLIC. 1 3token of our own assured resurrection at the last day.Thus He ascended up to heaven in the truth of ourhuman nature, made deathless, and full of glory, theeternal Son with an eternal manhood, to which our ownbodies shall be made like at His next appearing, asS. John says : " Brethren, 'Mm are we the sons of God,and it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but weknow that^ when He shall appear, we shall be likeBttm; for w^e shall see Him as He is." And whence,my brethren, shall they come who shall thus be madelike unto the Lord? Hear what this psedm says:"Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen forthine inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth forthy possession." His Church is to be truly catholic, oruniversal ; it is to teach all truth ; it is to endure to alltime ; and it is to embrace all nations. " The gospel isto be preached in all the world." one are too far off,or too low, or too high, too old, or too young ; but allmen everywhere are invited to "repentance towardsGod, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ." It isthe Father's gift to us at the Saviour's prayer. This isone of those deep mysteries of our faith which wecannot explain, that the Son, to whom all power isgiven in heaven and in earth, yet prays the Father,intercedes for us to be given to Him, desires the heathenfor His inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earthfor His possession.It is very remarkable in connection with this verse14 PSALM 11.to compare our Lord's solemn prayer which occupiedJohn xvii. In it the Saviour mentions, seven or eighttimes at least, His disciples as " those whom thou hastgiven me," or "as many as thou gavest me;" or thus," Thou gavest them me." But He looked even then, weare sure, beyond the small company which surrounded

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