Exposition of Psalm 2


Messianic Psalm


Outline of Psalm 2

1)   The world’s rejection of the Kingdom.  (1-3) 

2)   The King reigns in Zion (4-6)  

3)   The citizens of the Kingdom.  Son declares the eternal decree – the nations for His inheritance (7-9)

4)   The Psalmist calls for common sense to serve the Lord (10-12).  Call to obedience



The eternal plan and purpose of God, Psalm 2. 


  1. Man’s rejection of the Christ. (Psalm 2:1-3).

                The people and those in authority oppose the LORD and His Messiah, the Christ. 

          He is the Father's Christ. He is the Lord's anointed. (v2).

          Mankind in rebellion against the plan and purpose of God.


  1. The LORD (Jehovah) has set His King on Zion. Psalm 2:4-6)

          The Lord laughs (v4) not because He is amused but He is in delight of His beloved Son. 'Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion'.

          The evil of man in rebellion against the Lord and His Christ ultimately fulfils the eternal plan and purpose of God.

          The delight of the Father in the Son seen in the New Testament. 


Matthew 3:17  'And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'. 

2 Peter 1:17  'For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'


  1. The eternal decree of God – ‘Ask for the heathen’  (Psalm 2:7-9)

          Eternal plan and purpose of God (v7). Compare Revelation 5:4-5 - only Christ is worthy.

          The day of eternity - 'Thou art my Son this day have I begotten you'.  The only begotten Son refers to the promise of God.

          'Ask of Me' - His people that the Father has given Him. 

          The Son of God delights Himself in obeying the will of the Father.  Psalm 40:8, 'I delight to do thy will O my God:' 

          Matthew 26:39, 'Not as I will, but as thou wilt.'


  1. The Psalmists calls for common sense to serve the Lord (Psalm 2:10-12)



Psalm 2 in the New Testament


Acts 4:25-28

Acts 13:33

Hebrews 1:5

Hebrews 5:5