Why rage?


Singing in Babylon

Psalms decorative
Why do the nations rage

    and the peoples plot in vain? Psalm 2:1 ESV

Well, they plot and rage in vain because they plot and rage against the LORD and against his anointed; but they and we plot and rage at all because we are angry about the bonds and cords (Psalm 2:3) that limit our personal power in the world; because we are selfish sinners.

That ‘he who sits in the heavens’ laughs at our rages and our plots against him only infuriates us more, like any child who tests his will against his parents and, if he is lucky, finds them immovable in their insistence on what is right. Even our tantrums can become parables.

Of course, like Captain Ahab, we might give in to our anger, wasting our life in a futile and ultimately fatal struggle to overcome the One it is beyond us, wounded or…

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