He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, "I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain." I will proclaim the LORD's decree: He said to me, "You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery." Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Thank you for rebuking those who rise up agains you! Thank you for Jesus! Though there may be world powers that rise up and earthly kings and rulers who try and establish their own kingdoms, you installed Christ! You sent Him to be a Savior. You sent Him to be a refuge. I also thank and praise you for the very clear warning in this passage. Your warning to "serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling" is one that is timely and necessary. Finally, I praise you for the promise of blessing to those who take refuge in you. This is a blessing I have experienced and I pray that I will continue to experience in the years to come!
I confess that there are times when I have not served you with the appropriate amount of fear and trembling. There are times when I have seen you too much as my friend and not enough as my King. I have not always given you the reverence, honor, and respect that you are worthy of. There have been times that I have shown more honor and respect in the presence of an earthly leader than I have in your presence. Forgive me for my irreverence. I also confess that there have been times that I have not taken refuge in you. Instead of looking to you to shelter, protect, and defend me, I have looked to earthly comforts and earthly forms of refuge. For this I also ask for your forgiveness.
I look forward to this year being a year where I consciously, intentionally, and consistently take refuge in you! I pray that your Holy Spirit would remind me daily of the peace, safety, comfort, satisfaction, and joy that comes from running towards you and resting in you. I look forward to my life being one that is marked by having taken refuge in you. My desire is that people would look at my life either up close or from afar and see that I am a weak, broken man who has only been made strong by the strength of his Savior's hands!