Starting the day right, with the Lord
Why do the nations protest
and all the peoples grumble in vain?
Kings on earth rise up
and princes plot together
against the Lord and his anointed.
“Let us break their shackles
and cast off their chains!”
The one enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord derides them,
Then speaks to them in anger,
terrifies them in wrath:
“I myself have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will proclaim the decree of the Lord,
who said to me, “You are my son;
today I am your father.
Only ask it of me,
and I will make your inheritance the nations,
your possession the ends of the earth.
With an ironrod you shall shepherd them,
like a clay pot you will shatter them.”
And now kings, give heed;
take warning, rulers on earth.
Serve 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!
Note that God installed a man as king on mount Zion, but God Himself doesn’t live in Zion.
A theologian at the Graduate Theological Union once said something most illuminating to me: “Since God created the Universe, He is not contained by but is outside of the Universe. Just as, say for example, if I crafted a bird house, I can’t be inside the bird house I’ve constructed.”