Have you ever felt like someone or something is out to get you? Did you feel as if everything was conspiring against you? If so, you are human! We have all faced circumstances or people that cause us to feel immense pressure or stress. For instance, have you ever felt the weight of money problems? Alternatively, have you perceived the tension in relationships?
Psalm 2 begins by describing how the “kings of the earth” have conspired against the Lord. It’s hard for us to imagine, but David is sharing a prophetic message about the enemies of Christ’s kingdom. It is appropriate that David wrote this psalm since he dealt with his fair share of people conspiring against him.
Think about it. Even when David tried to show kindness to Hanun, the new king of the Ammonites, he was met with contempt. We read in 2 Samuel 10 how the Ammonites rejected David’s courtesy and sympathy, and instead conspired against him and humiliated his troops. Talk about negative feelings! However, David, as a man of God, chose to submit to God when facing his enemies. In the end, the Lord led his troops to victory.
It very well may have been this unfortunate circumstance that inspired David to write Psalm 2. This experience shined the light on the darkness. In Psalm 2, David writes about the evil rulers that try to overtake the Lord – and how they fail and are destroyed. These kings of the earth will feel the wrath of the Lord. In the words of the Lord, the rulers are told, “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling” (Psalm 2:10-11).
There will be times when you feel attacked because of something you have done. But there will also be times when you feel, like David, you have been attacked for no reason at all. It is in these times when you are engaged in spiritual warfare. There is evil in the world (Ephesians 5:15-16), and the devil wants to cause you to bend and break when faced with these types of circumstances or people.
The Conspiracy is Not Against You
As believers, it is critical that you recognize in these situations that the conspiracy is not against you – it is against the Lord.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:12-13
So, what do you do when things seem to be working against you for no good reason? How do you stand firm in the face of spiritual warfare? How do you apply this psalm to your life and your relationships? To put it simply, Psalm 2 tells us to serve the Lord and take refuge in Him. When you feel tempted to be a victim or act sinfully in response to these stressful situations, you must submit to the Lord. Let’s talk about what this looks like in real life.
Refuse to Be a Victim
First, you must refuse to be a victim. You do this by remembering what you actually are and to whom you belong – you are a child of God. 1 John 4:4 says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Since we are children of God, Romans 8:17 also reminds us, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” You cannot be a victim if you claim victory. When facing negativity, remember who is in you – Jesus Christ, who has overcome the world.
Submit to God
Next, you must submit to God. Often, we say those words without actually doing anything. However, the word “submit” is a verb. It requires action. We submit to the Lord by focusing on Him and by obeying Him. How do you focus on the Lord? For example, you fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) by spending time with Him in prayer and studying His Word, as we discussed in our study of Psalm 1. Finally, to submit to the Lord, you must have faith and believe in Him!
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
Resist the Devil
As we discussed earlier, the conspiracy is not against us; it is against the Lord. The devil is real, and he wants to take your attention away from the Lord. When you face stressful situations, do not give in to the temptation to be negative. Instead, resist the devil. James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Watch Him Flee
When the devil sees a believer, who keeps believing and submitting to God even when facing obstacles, he will flee. He cannot take a victor as a victim. We can trust God’s promises. Think about how much less stressful your life would be if you applied these promises to stressful situations.
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” – Numbers 23:19