Daily Devotion on Psalm 2
Devotion Text: Psalm 2
We all have some sort of treasured possession.
Some of us treasure mementos–gifts from loved ones, objects with sentimental value from our children or relatives who have passed on, objects of real value that we hope will be a nest egg or trinkets that connect us to a cherished memory from long ago.
Others of us treasure utilitarianism–that gadget that makes your job or life so much easier, that piece of furniture that doesn’t look very nice but feels great to sink into after a long day, that vehicle that “gets you there” and looks great doing it.
In Psalm 2, God tells us about his treasured possession and foretells a time when he would set that possession apart to do great things for God’s people. At Christ’s baptism, God the Father let everyone know who Christ was when he said, “This is my son, whom I love, with him I am well-pleased.” In Psalm 2, the inspired writer let’s us know exactly how important that son would be, trampling the Lord’s enemies and blessing his people.
For the Hebrew people, this image of pouring the waters of baptism over Jesus’ head to set him apart would be common as anointing special people and objects was part of their culture and heritage. The words Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean, “the anointed one.” This baptism, setting Christ apart for the redeeming work he was about to do, was the most glorious anointing this world would ever see.
Most importantly, God certainly cherished Jesus because of who he was (his son), but God also cherished Jesus because of what he was able to do–save God’s people from their sins.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, my anointed Savior, thank you for coming to earth to live a perfect life and to die for my sins. At your baptism, God set you apart for that work and was not ashamed to call you his son. Give me the strength to never be ashamed of you in my life, to proclaim your cross in my words and actions and to be well-pleased with every gift you have graciously given me. Amen.
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