Psalm 2 moves from the individual believer’s choice between the way of Yahweh and the way of the wicked in Psalm 1, to the big picture of a world that opposes God, and will one day be called to account by him. It lifts our eyes from our individual problems, to see God who sits on the throne.
There are not many paths: there are two. Psalm 1 simplifies things right down, to help us understand this message: nothing is so crucial as belonging to the congregation of the righteous.
‘Fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart.’ But sometimes the desire for human praise is stronger than the desire to be faithful to God.
‘Because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’ If you remember nothing else from this morning, remember this. If that is too much, remember this: because of the Lord.
Advent is a time, like Lent, for us to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ return, to make sure he finds us waiting patiently, living holy and godly lives – not to earn his love, but because he already loves us.