When in an irrational state of mind, one cannot discern irrational thoughts and words. Such a stance makes it difficult to distinguish between truth and a lie. A person suppresses such a means of making a distinction when one divorces the foundation of one’s thinking from the Creator. We call speech from that foundation ranting or bloviating. These expressions arise from irrationalism. In the world of critical thinking, such irrationalism arises from logical fallacies or defective machinations based on falsehood.
Psalm 2 provides a perfect example of those who engage in bloviating from irrationalism. Let us listen in on a conversation with such people,
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.” (NKJV)
Is there something wrong with this scene? The irony is laughable. In this scene these monarchs, powerful in their own defective thinking and self-aggrandizement, brandish arrogant words in their chains. They spew out audacious curses toward the One who holds them captive with heavy chains [cords] while in complete denial of their imprisonment and the One who holds them. They engage in futile conspiracy [counsel] in an attempt to strategize to break free.
While they recognize God’s personal name (Yahweh, [LORD]), they refuse to subject themselves to Him. In their derangement and insanity, they believe in their own strength to free themselves. They look at the cords wrapped tightly around them and lash out toward the LORD of all, thinking that they can break free from their bondage. However, their strategy and counsel is futile, defective, and delirious while they believe they think from a sound mind.
The scene pivots from them to the LORD of hosts:
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The LORD shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”
Their Creator and Sovereign laughs at them derisively. He dictates to them and not they to Him. He holds them in contempt because of their rebellion and arrogance, and informs them that their kingships were temporary fantasies based on their foolish pronouncements and not His. The LORD then, distresses them by pointing to His Son and declares Him as King. This act is indeed distressful for these self-appointed kings, because God’s King usurped their thrones.
Today, many make self-declarations concerning their rule. History demonstrates that such dictators and tyrants eventually fall. They fade into infamy after the sword or a bullet lands a fatal blow. Individuals believe they rule their own lives and determine their fate. They adopt the philosophy of Frank Sinatra,
And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I’ve traveled each and every highway
But more, much more than this
I did it my way.” [From “My Way” by Frank Sinatra]
Those who deny God fail to recognize that He alone appoints leaders throughout history. These deniers who refuse to even admit God’s existence return to the dust of the earth and await judgment from the righteous God. Individuals who also deny God, want to live their lives like Frank Sinatra, that is, “my way.” Regardless of their ideology or belief systems, those who oppose God and refuse to acknowledge His Son will face the same fate as the kings depicted in Psalm 2.
This psalm offers a way out from judgment. It declares that those who serve the LORD will find hope. Atheists, agnostics, and polytheists alike can find that same hope by turning from their futile faith in themselves and materialism to faith in God the Deliverer.