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 2:2-3

The old world of fallen nature is the world of human will. There man is king and his will decides events. So far as he is able in his weakness he decides how and what and when and where. He fixes values: what is to be esteemed, what despised, what received and what rejected. His will runs through everything….

Yet in their pride men assert their will and claim ownership of the earth. Well, for a time it is true, that this is man’s world. God is admitted only by man’s sufferance. He is treated as visiting royalty in a democratic country. Everyone takes His name upon his lips and (especially at certain seasons) He is feted and celebrated and hymned. But behind all this flattery men hold firmly to their right of self-determination. As long as man is allowed to play host he will honor God with his attention, but always He must remain a guest and never seek to be Lord. Man will have it understood that this is his world; he will make its laws and decide how it shall be run. God is permitted to decide nothing. Man bows to Him, and as he bows, manages with difficulty to conceal the crown upon his own head. POM034-035

Lord, I want to heed the admonition of God through the psalmist, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry …” (Psalm 2:12). Help me to give You today the supremacy, the throne, the absolute authority that You deserve. Amen. [1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

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