Submission is Wisdom
"Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling."
At the heart of wisdom is the ability to make right judgments. For this reason, the Bible points out that folly is bound up in a child’s heart. The young boy thinks to himself, “Jumping down three steps is fun and easy. I’ll try eight next time.” He lacks the judgment to foresee the disastrous outcome of his decisions. As an adult, he gains wisdom from experience and observation, which replace much of this juvenile thinking.
The second psalm concludes with a call to wisdom. The Father has given His Son dominion over every nation and every land (v. 8). As ruler, the Son will crush all enemies with a rod of iron (v. 9). He will overthrow all opposition. In light of such power, rebellion is mere folly. Wisdom dictates submission and reverence.
Sadly, many still respond to the Son’s rule with foolish defiance. Yet those who refuse to submit will perish from the way (v. 12). They will come under the wrath of the King they have rejected. But those who choose to submit in faith will find only blessing. God’s people will rejoice in the eternal favor of their King.
Final Thought: Submission to God brings joy and blessing. Be wise.
CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.
Random fact: CJ loves every board game—with the possible exception of Candyland.