Sermon Quotes: "Be Wise. Be Warned."

“The private world of the first psalm opens out into the public world of the second; the personal is followed by the cosmic; in airport terminology, one is ‘domestic’ and the other is ‘international.’ Psalm 1 talks the everyday language of wisdom books like Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, while Psalm 2, raising its eyes to world affairs beyond the control of ordinary people, speaks as the books of the prophets do of a great God in control behind the scenes.” Michael Wilcock

“There are elements of this psalm that warn us against thinking the psalm’s meaning is exhausted in one of the ancient Davidic monarchs…There are several hints in the psalm that suggest something more than an early Davidic king…they do not so much point away from the historic David as point beyond him.” D.A. Carson

“Keep your eyes there. Sometimes that’s all that will keep you sane.” Dale Ralph Davis

“The Lord neither negotiates with rebels, nor adjusts himself to suit their demands, but simply reaffirms his royal plan-His King is installed and that is the end of the matter.” Alec Motyer

“Yahweh’s decree controls history. This is the word that determines what will take place in the history of this world. The certainty of this decree needs to infect your world and life view. It should color the way you look at politics and world conditions. You may not know what to make of them always-but you know where history is headed; you know what the decree is and how it will control and shape everything.” Dale Ralph Davis

“This fiery picture is needed alongside that of the one who is ‘slow to anger.’ That is, God’s patience is not placidity, any more than his fierce anger is loss of control, his laughter cruelty or his pity sentimentality. When his moment comes for judgment, in any given case, it will be by definition beyond appeasing or postponing.” Derek Kidner

“Amazingly, the Lord Himself is offered as the sinners refuge, to end the psalm not with the derisive laughter that we deserve, but-of all things-with a beatitude. That beatitude is ours for the asking. There is no refuge from him: only in him.” Derek Kidner