It’s funny that PSA, meaning “Public Service Announcement” is the same as Psa, the abbreviation of Psalms. Public service indeed!!
Following the format of the book I’m using to create these Small Groups studies, each study is broken into 3 topics of discussion. [Goldingay, John. Psalms, v.1. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic, c2006]
A.Goldingay classifies this psalm as “Promises to keep in mind, part 2” Many scholars believe that Psalm 1 and 2 were originally one poem.
Be that as it may, the psalm is not exactly worshipful, but does help in standing firm in the face of troubles.
C.In the Jewish tradition, the belief is that this psalm refers to the Davidic covenant, that is, God’s promise to David that his dynasty would last forever.
A.The poem seems to be an address to the nation of Israel by her king, probably David.
B.There are 4 sections to the psalm.
1.The plans of the surrounding nations, who babble like a disorganized throng, speaking incoherently.
2. God Himself laughs at their ambitions and then scorns them with His anger.
3. David’s [?] response is to show that his righteous anointment by God gives him legitimate power.
4. This King has the God-given right and the power to dominate the other kingdoms.
III. Theological implications
A.Quoting Eugene Peterson [on page 104 of Goldingay], “At the center of history is no longer the struggle of the great world powers for existence, but God, whose relationship with the earthly powers will determine their destiny.”
B.“Living in a post-Christian era in the West means living in an era When the culture has thrown off the constraints of Christian faith, but the psalm promises that this will not be the end of the story.” [p. 106]
For those who want to Bible journal with me, I chose another lesson from Sandy Allnock, who, though illustrating another verse, painted broken shackles, as in the early lines of the psalm. Find her lesson at <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0pcGUgE8vA&t=227s>