The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. (Ps. 2:4)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 2:1-12
The internet can be a helpful source of information—but we must be careful. We discover websites based on the subjects we’re exploring. If we get an idea in our head and we want to believe it, we can find information to back up those thoughts. Even if an idea is based in falsehood, if we keep seeking out information to reinforce it, we may come to sincerely believe it.
Psalm 2 paints a picture of a group of people who oppose God’s rule. These people have convinced themselves that the key to freedom is removing God from the equation. Like seeking information on a website to reinforce our opinions, the people portrayed in this psalm have found themselves believing these lies about God with the utmost sincerity. This psalm tells us that God laughs at these people who oppose him. God doesn’t admire their sincerity. He does not equate sincerity with righteousness. Just because we’re convinced that a decision or an action is righteous doesn’t make it so.
We all possess thoughts and beliefs. Some are based on God’s voice—through Scripture, reason, good teaching, or godly people in our lives. Other thoughts are not. If we are open to it, God will help us distinguish our beliefs as true or deceptive. It’s wise to allow God to sort our thoughts like this on a regular basis.
Allow God to examine your beliefs—no matter how sincere they are.
Stephen Simpson is a graduate of Wesley Seminary. He has served at Wesleyan churches—in one form or another—since childhood.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.