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I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Psalm 2:7-9

God the Son here speaks, revealing that He is and always will be the only-begotten Son of the Father. He reigns and will ultimately judge all the nations and peoples of the earth. He will bring down and utterly destroy those who oppose Him and His eternal kingdom.

Grant to me, O Lord Jesus, Son of God, a humble and penitent heart that I might not rebel against You but acknowledge my sins and look to You and Your cross for pardon and forgiveness. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. Psalm 2:4-6

Though the peoples of this world and their rulers rebel against the LORD God and seek to keep Him from ruling over them, He laughs at mankind’s futile attempts to escape His rule and His judgment. The LORD God has installed His own King (His only-begotten Son) over His Church, and His Son is even now establishing an eternal kingdom made up of all who trust in Him for salvation (cf. Dan. 2:44).

Have mercy upon me, O God, and grant that I cease rebelling against You and place my faith in Your Son that I might receive Your pardon and forgiveness and a place in Your everlasting kingdom. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Psalm 2:1-3

Should we be surprised when our own people and rulers seek to cast off God and His promised Messiah so that they might live as they please and not be reminded of their utter sinfulness or of God’s impending judgment upon them? God’s Word says it will happen.

O gracious God, keep me in the true and saving faith in Christ Jesus and grant that I do not again rebel against You. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

When we remember that the Holy Spirit works through God’s Word to convict us of sin and to create and sustain faith in our hearts which is in Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the cross, we see how important it is to continue to hear and learn God’s Word that the Holy Spirit might continue His gracious working in us and preserve us in the true and saving faith unto life everlasting.

O Holy Spirit, grant that I hear, read, mark, learn and meditate in Your Word that You may preserve me in the true and saving faith in Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15

How important it is that pastors or preachers be called and sent to proclaim the Gospel of peace through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice on the cross! Without preachers of the Gospel, few will hear of Christ Jesus and His sacrifice for sin and few will believe, for “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17).

O gracious God, raise up faithful preachers and move us to support the preaching of the Gospel that the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ may be heard by people in every place. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from 21st Century King James Version (KJ21), copyright © 1994 by Deuel Enterprises, Inc.]

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