Jesus prayed Psalm 2 at a time when the glory days of Israel’s monarchy were in the distant past; when Herod was a puppet king under Roman rule, and when the cross loomed large as the fateful climax to his earthly ministry. By the time Jesus prayed Psalm 2 the original purpose of the psalm had been transposed into a higher key. Psalm 2 King Jesus
We don’t need to look too hard in the Bible to find the classic narcissist. King Saul fits the profile. The narcissist represents the self-focused person who has a deep hunger for inordinate praise, along with powerful feelings of superiority and entitlement, and a strong reaction to rejection and disapproval. The narcissist is incapable of real empathy and self-examination and uses people for his or her own ends. King-saul-and-the-Narcissistic-Pastor
Psalm 73 – The Arc of Devotion – Asaph’s full blown crisis of faith.
Psalm 8 – Mere Mortals At the heart of this hymn of praise is a question, “Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way?” David asks and answers this critical question in an unusual way. Instead of lecturing us, he worships God.
The most telling line in Psalm 8 may be verse 2: “From the lips of children you have ordained praise to silence the foe and the avenger.” God has chosen to defend his majesty and glory through young children, infants and toddlers, pre-schoolers and first graders!