David begins this psalm by asking a question: “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?” In other words, why do people refuse to submit to the Lord? After all that He has done for humanity, they still want to rebel against Him. God has provided for humanity’s basic needs, showered them with common grace, and has even sent a Savior to bring forgiveness and eternal life. Yet in spite of this, man in his sin and pride takes counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed. The Hebrew word for anointed one is ‘Messiah,’ and the Greek equivalent is ‘Christ.’
Today, God is speaking to the nations in His grace and is calling upon them to trust in His Son. Jesus Christ is the Anointed One! However, the day will come when He will speak to the nations in His wrath. The judgment of God will one day fall upon an unbelieving and rebellious world. If people will not accept God’s judgment of sin at the cross and trust Christ, they will have to have accept God’s judgment of themselves and their sins. That is why the Bible says that today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. Sinners must make haste and accept Christ while there is opportunity. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
For more, read Psalm 2:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11