It isn’t easy to adequately express the folly of sin. All sin seeks to dethrone God, so that gives you an idea of the perverse nature of it. The first three verses of this psalm describe sin in the nature of men.

Verse 1 says: “Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot in vain?” The word for rage is a loud noise. The point is that this is not a peaceful assembly. There is enmity in the nations of men directed at God. Rulers take counsel together (they are agreed about this one thing) against the Lord and his anointed (verse 2).

The Lord’s anointed points to the Lord Jesus Christ and his reign. He represents, reveals God perfectly so any resistance to him is enmity toward God. As his truth goes out into the world, there is resistance to it from men. The apostles in Acts 4, beginning the great commission of spreading the gospel, experience strong opposition and quote verses 1 and 2 of this psalm as prophetic of the pattern of resistance encountered when they proclaimed the truth of Christ.

Men have a vested interest in resisting God. It is so they can go their own way without God. Verse 3 reads: “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” The language of bonds and cords is used of yokes on oxen. The yokes would tether the oxen together, so they would walk and work in harmony with each other. Sin resists walking in harmony with God.

Jesus appealed to people with respect to the bonds of sin in comparison to his yoke. “Will you not come to me and find rest? My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Sin is the hard taskmaster; leading to misery, bitterness, vanity, and death. We need the grace of God to relieve us of this burden. The Lord Jesus came to bring us that grace. His burden is light because he bears our sins for us.

Grace we have need of above all else. It tethers us to Christ, who gives us peace with God. This need is magnified when we read in verse 4 and 5 about God’s response to the sinful resistance of men. It is a response of wrath. Verse 4 says God laughs at and holds in derision men fighting against him. God doesn’t think it’s funny; this is how futile and foolish men are. Yet, they think themselves wise.

Stephen Hawkins, the brilliant physicist and cosmologist, once stated: “We now know God did not create the world.” He said he had proven it by mathematics.  Another brilliant academic, Sir James Jeans, was confronted with the unavoidable problem for evolutionists with respect to the design of the universe. How could it be by chance?

His response was simply that if you gave a monkey a typewriter, given enough time, he would eventually type out randomly all the books of a library. In other words, certainly the universe is incredible in its design, but given trillions of years, the miracle of the remotest chance occurred.

These were men whose IQ’s were off the charts. You would think their conclusions, if accepted, would result in depression. There is no purpose or hope. We are just beasts of the field, walking flukes of nature. Yet men are euphoric. Finally, the bonds are broken. We are through with any idea of God. These men are representative of us all. The fool says in his heart, there is no God (psalm 14).

There is a proverb in the book of Hosea: “if you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind.” It simply means that when men sow or plant foolishness, there are consequences to it. They reap what they sow. Getting rid of God and the truth of Christ has temporal consequences in society, and individual lives, but the ultimate consequence is judgment.

Some people object to Christianity because of the hypocrisy of Christians; evil done in the name of God or simply self- righteousness they can’t stomach. The Lord alleviates these concerns: “He sits in heaven.” The Lord knows people. There is no reason to be concerned someone is getting away with hypocrisy. He knows how to separate sheep and goats. He is the Lord. It is your own accountability that will be discovered in due time. This psalm warns us to seek wisdom from God while there is time.