A Psalm for a Royal Coronation
1Why do the nations protest and the peoples grumble in vain? f Rv 11, 18 . 2Kings on earth rise up and princes plot together against the LORD and his anointed: g Ps 83, 6 . * 3“Let us break their shackles and cast off their chains!” h Ps 149, 8 . 4The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the LORD derides them, i Pss 37, 13; 59, 9; Wis 4, 18 . 5Then speaks to them in anger, terrifies them in wrath: 6“I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” 7I will proclaim the decree of the LORD, who said to me, “You are my son; today I am your father. j Pss 89, 27; 110, 2–3; Is 49, 1 . 8Only ask it of me, and I will make your inheritance the nations, your possession the ends of the earth. 9With an iron rod you shall shepherd them, like a clay pot you will shatter them.” k Rv 2, 27; 12, 5; 19, 15 . 10And now, kings, give heed; take warning, rulers on earth. 11Serve the LORD with fear; with trembling bow down in homage, Lest God be angry and you perish from the way in a sudden blaze of anger. Happy are all who take refuge in God! l Pss 34, 9; 146, 5; Prv 16, 20 .