Psalm 2 – Be warned O rulers of the earth

Psalm 2

1   Why do the nations conspire,
and the peoples plot in vain?
2   The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
3   “Let us burst their bonds asunder,
and cast their cords from us.”

4   He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the LORD has them in derision.
5   Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6   “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”

7   I will tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
8   Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9   You shall break them with a rod of iron,
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10  Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11  Serve the LORD with fear,
with trembling 12 kiss his feet,
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Inhale the breath of God.
  • Exhale the things of the earth.
  • Inhale the breath of God.
  • Exhale the desire to conspire and control the world.
  • Inhale the breath of God.
  • Exhale the control of worldly leaders.
  • Inhale the breath of God.
  • Notice the freedom of the Breath.
  • How do you desire to cut the cords that bind you to the world so that you may serve the Lord?
  • As you serve the Lord, notice the happiness, the blessedness, the wholeness it brings you.
  • How do you desire to respond to this place of refuge in God?
  • How do you desire to remain in this place of refuge in God?
  • What do you need to let go and/or embrace to remain in this place of refuge in God?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, March 26, 2017, the Transfiguration of the Lord (Year A)

Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9


If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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